Thursday, October 29, 2015

Cranberry Bread

by Linda

Today, I'm sharing a recipe that has been passed down for generations and it's still a good one. It's a simple straight-up cranberry loaf. Nothing fancy, nothing fussy.
There is no shortage of cranberry bread recipes on the internet. A Google search will reveal cranberry-orange, cranberry-apple, cranberry raisin, cranberry-pumpkin, cranberry-egg nog, cranberry-zucchini, cranberry-pecan, cranberry-walnut, cranberry-pistachio. It can be made into scones, muffins, soda bread, coffee cake. The sky's the limit.
But I bet my grandmother rarely strayed from this simple recipe. And why would she? It's delicious! Perfect toasted! Perfect with tea or coffee! Not too sweet! Just perfect!
First the recipe-
Cranberry Bread
1 cup cranberries
2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup melted butter
1 tsp. vanilla
Beat eggs, milk, butter and vanilla in a bowl
Combine dry ingredients in another bowl.
Blend egg mixture into dry mixture, add cranberries.
Pour into greased loaf pan.
Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees
Makes 1 loaf.
That's it. Easy peasy!
Now for some tips and hints!
Because whole cranberries tend to sink in batter, chop the cranberries so they will be distributed throughout the loaf.
See all the bits of cranberries in there?

How about baking the cranberry bread in cute mason jars to give out as gifts at Chritsmas? The small mason jars will hold about a cupcake size piece of cranberry bread, perfect for 1 person!
If you want to make some mason jar cakes, spray the inside of sterilized jars with Pam, fill the jars about 2/3 full, use a deep pan to make it easier to get them in and out of the oven. Watch the cooking time, test with a toothpick, small jars only need about 20 minutes, medium jars about 30 minutes and large jars about 45 minutes. While the jars are baking, put mason lids in hot water to sterilize. As soon as you take the jars out of the oven, dry a lid and place it on the jar. Add the screw band. As the jar seals, you will hear a little pop. Once the jars are cool, test to be sure they are sealed.
I hope you have enjoyed cooking with us this month! If you would like to share a recipe, post it in the flickr gallery or on our FOLfacebook page.

“You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces - just good food from fresh ingredients.”
― Julia Child


Dotti said...

OH! This looks and sounds so good. I've been wanting a good cranberry bread recipe. This one is a keeper for me! And you do such a marvelous job with food photography, Linda!

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