Iced White Chocolate Cranberry Bread is a tasty skillet bread we loved. It’s filled with white chocolate chips, craisins, bananas and walnuts and then glazed with a superb Citrus Icing to die for! No kidding. The icing is a basic butter and powdered sugar icing but it includes orange juice and lemon juice which work together to form one amazing icing. While I could have made this in a regular loaf pan, I was really wanting to bake it in one of my cast-iron skillets instead.
This recipe begins with my basic banana bread recipe, but instead of chocolate chips I used white chocolate chips. I added craisins, and I decided to see what this would be like using Sucanat instead of brown sugar. Then I iced it with a terrific Citrus Icing which I found on a cookie recipe. Sucanat, according to Time Magazine, is simply dehydrated sugar cane juice which, because of the way it’s processed, retains all its nutrients and has a stronger molasses flavor than regular refined sugar. Calories are the same as regular sugar. The sweetening in Iced White Chocolate Cranberry Bread tasted something like a combo of brown sugar and molasses. I personally, did not feel that Sucanat was as sweet as regular white sugar. While Sucanat will work in this recipe, I highly recommend that you stay with white sugar if you want a favorable bread experience, especially if you don’t like a strong molasses flavor.
If you’re looking for a tasty bread recipe with a luscious icing on top, then whip up a batch of Iced White Chocolate Cranberry Bread sometime. It is mouthwatering and delicious. And, you will find the recipe rather straightforward and not too complicated. It’s also a nice bread to make up for special breakfasts. You can toss this in the oven to bake the same time you are baking other breakfast casseroles and they will finish close to the same time.
Iced White Chocolate Cranberry Bread is a tasty breakfast treat!
Each mouthful is filled with white chocolate chips and craisins, making for one scrumptious bread.
The Citrus Icing is spectacular and really draws out the flavors of this wonderful bread.
Here’s what I did.
Place sugar (or Sucanat), eggs, softened butter and vanilla in a mixing bowl.
Add mashed bananas, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
Mix with an electric mixer to combine.
Stir in UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour. Bleached flour toughens baked goods. Add white chocolate chips, craisins, and walnuts.
Stir with a wooden spoon to combine.
Oil a large 12-inch cast-iron skillet. Add bread mixture and spread to cover the surface.
Bake bread at 350 for about an hour. Mine took 65 minutes. Your oven may be quicker. When a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean the bread is done. Allow the bread to cool.
To make Citrus Icing: Place softened butter in a mixing bowl. Add powdered sugar, lemon juice and orange juice. Whisk ingredients to combine.
Spread Citrus Icing over cooled bread.
I really should have waited a little longer for the bread to cool completely before cutting into it, but I was really hungry for a piece!
Iced White Chocolate Cranberry Bread is a great bread to bake up for country breakfasts.
I love the taste of the citrus icing with the cranberries in this breakfast bread.
Here’s the recipe.
ICED WHITE CHOCOLATE CRANBERRY BREAD
- 1 stick butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar (or Sucanat)
- 2 eggs
- 3 mashed ripe bananas
- 2 cups Gold Medal UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (Bleached flour toughens baked goods)
- 1 heaping tsp. baking powder
- 1 heaping tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 1 cup finely diced walnuts
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- 1 cup craisins
- Cream butter, sugar (or Sucanat), eggs, bananas, salt, baking powder, baking soda and vanilla with an electric mixer until well blended.
- Stir in flour, walnuts, white chocolate chips and craisins.
- Pour into well-oiled cast-iron pan and bake at 350° for 60-65 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
- Allow bread to cool.
- Frost with Citrus Icing.
- 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
- 3 tbsp. orange juice
- 2 tbsp. butter, softened
- Soften butter.
- Add powdered sugar and juices and whisk to combine.
- Spread over cooled bread.
This skillet bread is not too difficult to make and it combines the wonderful flavors of citrus, cranberries, white chocolate and bananas.
Serve Iced White Chocolate Cranberry Bread with fruit, oatmeal, granola, or yogurt!
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