Mini cranberry tangerine loaves

Of my many Christmases in Italy, what I remember most vividly, is the citrusy scent of fresh Tangerines: so inebriating! Who would have known that, half a century later, my life in Hawai’i would include my own Tangerine tree? This recipe has been tested over the Holidays for the last 16 years! While she never met anyone who didn’t like her, over this last decade I implemented some minor changes, too. The result is a moist, soft, divine sweet Tangerine Cranberry loaf (or 6 minis). A little bit pound cake (if you let it rest a day), a little bit poke cake (because of the Grand Marnier glaze) and a whole lot of yumminess because……it’s the holiday season!
Try it and let me know.

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A few quick notes before you get started:
1- You can use Orange or Grapefruit or a mix of citruses in the same quantities (zest and juice)
2- If you don’t have sour cream, use vanilla flavored yogurt
3- No need to soak the cranberries if not totally dry but somewhat soft
4- For a PG13 version skip the Grand Marnier and use citrus juice for the glaze. Still good.
  • 12 ouncesbutter (Unsalted~ 3 sticks)
  • 4eggs (Large)
  • 1 cup Fresh Juice (From Tangerines or any citrus)
  • 1 cupsour cream (full fat)
  • 2 tablespoonsFreshly grated zest (From Tangerine or other citruses)
  • 2 teaspoonsvanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoonsbaking powder
  • 1 teaspoonbaking soda
  • 4 cupsall purpose (AP) flour
  • 1/2 teaspoonsalt
  • 2 cupsDry Cranberries (Measure scant cups)


  • 2 cupspowdered cane sugar
  • 1/2 cupgrand Marnier (Or Triple Sec or Juice)


  • 6 Mini loaf pan


  1. Pre heat oven to 330 F

    Juice and zest the citruses

    Grease 6 mini loaf pans or one large (11″x6″)

    With an electric mixer, cream the butter, sugar and zest together.

    Mix until light and fluffy.

    Add the eggs one at a time, incorporating after each addition.

  2. Add orange juice, sour cream, and vanilla.

    Blend until mixed, don’t worry if you see some curds, they will disappear while baking.

  3. Add the dry ingredients and fold in by hand taking care of incorporating the juices that tend to sit on the bottom of the bowl.

    Do not overmix.

  4. Divide butter equally into the prepared pans.

    Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center come out clean: about 50 to 60 min for mini loaves and 75 for large one.

    Let cool loaves in the pan for 10 Min after baking.

  5. Meanwhile prepare the glaze and mix the two ingredients.

    With a think skewer poke deep holes into the loaves and drizzle with glaze.

    Cool completely before cutting.

    Also the loaves taste better the following day.

  6. Enjoy!

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