Billington’s Orange And Cranberry Mini Christmas

Billington’s Orange And Cranberry Mini Christmas Loaf’s.

Billington’s Orange and Cranberry Mini Christmas Loaf’s anyone?

Billington’s Orange And Cranberry Mini Christmas Loaf's

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes

Preheat the oven to 180c(fan 160) 350F/gas mark 4.

Grease and line six mini loaf tins.


200ml sunflower oil

175g ground almond

200g Billington’s light Muscovado sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp of ground cinnamon

4 eggs

Zest of 1 lemon

Zest of 1 orange

50g dry cranberries

50g Billington’s glace cherries

2 tbsp Amaretto liquor

For The Decorations:

100g of sieved apricot preserve

1 orange zest cut in fine strips

50g Billington’s golden caster sugar

50ml water

25g Billington’s golden granulated sugar

24-carat Gold leaves (available from Harvey Nichols)


The Night Before:

Chop the cherries in quarter and soak overnight in the Amaretto.

On The Day:

1.) Combine the ground almond, Billington’s light Muscovado sugar, cinnamon and baking powder in a mixing bowl and mix together thoroughly. 

2.) Break in the eggs, add the oil and mix gently together.

3.) Using a fine grater, grate the zest from the lemon and the orange then add the cranberries and soaked glace cherries.

4.) Turn the cake mixture into the tins – filling them 3/4 high.

5.) Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes or when the knife comes out clean.

6.) Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes and then move to a cooling rack to cool completely.

7.) In a small saucepan take the Billington’s golden caster sugar and water to the boil then reduce the heat to get a slight simmer and plunge the fine orange strips. 

8.) Leave to simmer for 10 minutes then switch off the heat and leave the orange strips to cool down in the syrup.

9.) Heat the apricot preserve and use to brush the top and side of the cool mini loaves. 

10.) Take the confit orange strips and roll them into the golden granulated sugar. 

11.) Then arrange them on top of the loaves and decorate with the gold leaves.

Billington’s Orange And Cranberry Mini Christmas Loaf’s.

Recipe and photo credit by- Baking Mad.

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Claire Justine
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  1. Leslie G
    12 December 2012 / 15:37

    This looks delicious!! Thanks for coming by my blog and following! New follow of yours!

  2. 20 December 2011 / 23:22

    @✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life; Thanks for the comment 🙂

  3. 20 December 2011 / 23:22

    Katya kate; Thanks for the comments 🙂 following back 🙂

  4. 20 December 2011 / 23:20

    Judy Haughton-James; Thanks Judy 🙂

  5. ✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life
    20 December 2011 / 14:23

    The mini Christmas loaf looks beautiful and yummy!Dee

  6. momto8
    20 December 2011 / 14:23

    I can tell by the ingredients how yummy this is!

  7. Katya kate
    20 December 2011 / 13:37

    Love the colorful toppings too! I'm a new follower!

  8. Katya kate
    20 December 2011 / 13:32

    A great loaf for Christmas! looks so good and delicious! i might try making this! thanks for sharing!

  9. Judy Haughton-James
    20 December 2011 / 12:49

    This looks so delicious. Have a good day Clairejustine!