While prices have been rising at the grocery store, there was one thing on sale last week that caught my interest. Since it is after the holidays, they had cranberries on sale. Two bags for a dollar!! So, guess what? We've got cranberries!
Aside from the cranberry/apple/jello salad that K11 could eat his weight of, the other thing we really love here is cranberry orange bread. It just so happens that they were also having a sale on orange juice this week, so this afternoon I mixed up a quadruple batch of this delicious quick bread. I had all the ingredients and it tends to not last long here (I made a double batch last weekend and it lasted a day and a half!) Since J17 is hosting friends here tomorrow afternoon I thought it would be a healthier snack than some of the garbage they usually eat on game days.
I'll give you the original recipe that makes one loaf. I never bother making only one loaf because it wouldn't last as long as it takes to bake. The recipe multiplies easily and will freeze well if you can keep any around.
Stir together in a mixing bowl the following:
2 cups sifted flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon soda
Add to the dry ingredients and blend until just moistened:
1 beaten egg
1 teaspoon grated orange peel (I LOVE my microplane!)
3/4 cup orange juice
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup coarsely chopped fresh cranberries (I've also done this with frozen ones)
1/2 cup chopped english walnuts (these are optional- I don't usually put that many in- it makes it hard to cut neatly)
Spoon into greased loaf pan (9x5x3 inch) and bake at 350* F for about an hour or until done. Remove from pan almost immediately after baking and let cool (if anyone in the house will wait until it cools!).
The house smells divine with the cranberry orange bread baking. I have added a little vanilla to the recipe in the past but didn't this time around. This really is one of my favorite quick breads. I like it even better than banana bread and that's saying a lot!
And the hens have been generous so far today: