Monday, December 1, 2008

Cranberry Bread


It seems I'm the only person in the country with no Thanksgiving leftovers. Actually, I haven't had anything except a small amount of cake and pie left since Friday night. This is what my leftover stock looked like on Friday morning: 46 pounds of turkey had been reduced to one large platter, 5 pounds of stuffing had become a large baking pan full, 10 pounds of mashed potatoes were down to one large bowl, and just a plastic container of sweet potatoes left. The 3 pounds of homemade cranberry sauce were just gone, leaving only some jellied cranberries.

But probably my s
ingle most appreciated effort was the 10 loaves of nut bread: one squash, three banana, and 6 cranberry bread. Since I've previously told you about the squash bread and banana bread, let me tell you about a favorite of my husband (see left, with me, cropped from a much larger group photo which was not very good) and most of my sons: the cranberry bread. It's heavy, moist, filling, and very flavorful.

CRANBERRY NUT BREAD

3 cups flour
1 cup sugar

1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 egg, lightly beaten
1-2/3 cups milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cups chopped walnuts
1 cup chopped cranberries


Stir together the dry ingredients, and stir in the wet ingredients. Stir in the nuts and cranberries, and pour into greased and lightly floured pans. This recipe will make one 9x5 or 2 smaller loaves. Bake at 350F for 45 to 55 minutes for the 9" loaf, or 50 to 65 minutes for the 8" loaf. Best if it sits overnight before cutting, but that doesn't happen in my house. The first one was just gone within an hour of its removal from the oven. Now do you better see why I made 6?

13 comments:

Peter M said...

Marjie, you feed a army platoon...hard to foresee any leftovers! lol

gaylen said...

I didn't have any leftovers either. But we've had this discussion before. Glad your holiday was wonderful - will try that cranberry bread. Yummy! g

Channon said...

Oh yum...

doggybloggy said...

I surprised there is anything left at all - I came to this blog when you were talking about cases of bananas and the volume has only INCREASED

Lori said...

I love Cranberry Bread ~ just made some last week. My recipe used orange juice in place of the milk, which was kind of a cool twist.

Claire S. said...

Yep, another one of your recipes to try - as usual, this looks wonderful. I usually make a cherry bread which is quite sweet. Cranberry may be a bit 'less' sweet ? yes ?

Mrs. G. said...

We have not nary a leftover...I'm sad that I don't get to make turkey pot pie.

noble pig said...

Your kids have no idea how lucky they are to have you! Looks delicious!

Katherine Aucoin said...

The Cranberry bread sounds so yummy. About the leftovers, to me there is something comforting about having Thanksgiving leftovers in the fridge, but even more comforting than that is the fact that you and your close knit family made another wonderful memory this Thanskgiving!

About the "wedding tent" - lol, we call them party tents and the reason is that in south Louisiana it rains for no reason and it usually rains sideways...go figure, so we had to have a tent with sides and we did get a cloud burst right before we ate.

Grace said...

no leftovers? how sad!
moving on to happier things--that bread looks moistfully amazing. and yes, that's a new word. :)

Anette said...

The bread looks lovely!! We don't use cranberries much in Norway, but I think they're very nice! Maybe I'll try your recipe. Do you eat it next to other (warm)food or with butter (and jam) and a cup of tea.

Pam said...

I can't believe how much food you guys went through but then I remember you have 9 kids (mostly boys). The bread looks fantastic. We all love cranberries here so I am sure we would all really enjoy this bread.

Kevin said...

Nice looking cranberry bread! I like the vibrant red cranberries in it.