Monday, November 12, 2007

Cranberry Bread

All who know me know that I am not a fan of cooking. It's just not my thing - I'm not very good at it, I don't enjoy it, and preparing a meal is more of a chore to me than a pleasing thing to do. I do cook, or we would go broke eating out every meal, but like I said, it's not my favorite thing to do. Sometimes I do bake - I'm better at that - but always from a mix. I'm especially good at a Bundt cake or a pan of brownies.

HOWEVER, once a year I reach to the back of my pantry and pull out the scratch and make homemade cranberry bread. It's that time of year. I made the first loaf of the season yesterday and it turned out great - I gave half the loaf to D, and the kids and I ate the rest! So I'll be making more today. It's an easy recipe - I've had it for years and it's certainly not secret. I got it off the back of a book I had as a child called Cranberry Thanksgiving. I tweaked it a bit because I don't care for nuts or raisins, but my version is pretty close. And quite delicious, I must say. So, faithful readers, today I share my cranberry bread recipe with you:

2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1½ teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup orange juice
2 cups fresh cranberries, chopped

Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda into a large bowl. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Add egg and orange juice all at once; stir just until mixture is evenly moist. Fold in cranberries. Spoon into a greased 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan. Bake at 350 for 1 hour and 10 minutes (check at one hour), or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from pan, cool and enjoy!


Stacey said...

Ohhh B/S you described my feelings about cooking just right! But I'm working on my attitude, I am. I have so much faith in you, I'm going to do this bread. So if I were a nut-lover, what kind and how much would you say the recipe called for? J/W

And B/S, you made my whole day, dear sistah friend. You truly did. We'll meet up, I'll bring GiGi. (don't stare at her eyes, you know--just in case the eardrops did lasting damage or something) xo

cjh said...

I'm with Stacey. How much nuts would one want if one were into nuts? Thanks for sharing!

Bubba's Sis said...

Actually, I looked back over the original recipe and it doesn't call for nuts - only raisins. But if you wanted to throw some nuts in there, I'd put about a cup of your favorite kind. If you want raisins it calls for a cup of those. I like all-cranberry bread, myself.

D... said...

It is very yummy! I started making it the 1st year Bubba's Sis shared some with me. This weekend, I let her do all the work tho. ;)

amy said...

ive never made bread but this sounds so yummy

crazy working mom said...

Can you make me some before Thanksgiving. I've never had it before! Yummy!!!