Wednesday, November 4, 2009

My Little Red Friends

Oh, it's that time of year when the cheery red cranberry shows itself in the grocery store and brings a bunch of friends with him. I love these little red balls o' joy and take a great deal of pleasure in chopping them into bits and throwing them into bread batter.

I go into overdrive when it comes to the following recipe, making batch after batch of mini loaves and little squares--foisting them on friends, loved ones and people merely passing by who look like they could use a few good cranberries in their lives.

Lately, I have been wrapping them up like the little presents they are.




CLASSIC CRANBERRY NUT BREAD


INGREDIENTS:

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
2 tablespoons shortening
1 egg, well beaten
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup chopped nuts

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.

Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a medium mixing bowl. Stir in orange juice, orange peel, shortening and egg. Mix until well blended. Stir in cranberries and nuts. Spread evenly in loaf pan.

Bake for 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a rack for 15 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely. Wrap and store overnight. Makes 1 loaf (16 slices).


So call into work and tell them you've got some baking to do! They'll understand.

Have fun with your cranberries and they'll have fun with you.

Betty salutes you!


1 comment:

Lindy MacDuff said...

Just found this post through the LinkWithin. Sounds delightful and I will definitely plan to bake this when cranberry time rolls around again. I LOVE cranberries!

Thanks for sharing the recipe. =9