It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, Everywhere you go…..Seriously, it's the 9th already??? I usually have so much done by this point. I'm a total slacker this year. TOTAL.SLACKER. I'm having a hard time getting in to the Christmas spirit, but I'm trying. :) We're all entitled one year of being a scrooge, right? Lol.
To get a kick start…..err…kinda late, but at least I'm doing it, I decided to start with cranberry bread. Fresh cranberries were on sale and I ended up buying a few packages. Baking and cooking always put my in a better mood, especially when what I'm baking comes out delicious. I was going to slice it, freeze it, and add a slice or two to the cookie platters I'm going to give away but….the minute I took it out of the oven I turned around and there was John, looking over my shoulder with desperation wanting to try a slice a piece of the bread. Of course I had to cut him a slice.
One slice I said….One slice. No more. Well, not even 48 hours later, all that was left in the pan were a few crumbs.
"You ate it all!?" I said when pulled the tinfoil off the container, to sneak a slice for myself and discovered only a few crumbs…His response was "I can't help that you're an amazing cook. Take it as a compliment." Then we winked at me and ate the crumbs. John has a HUGE appetite. He's average size too, and can eat whatever he wants and not gain weight. Lucky man…I'm so jealous. I look at a picture and balloon up…yeah, just from looking at a picture. No lie. ;). I can't blame him for eating the entire load though, I did sneak a slice or two for myself, Jacob too.
So if you want to make this disappearing cranberry bread here is the recipe.
2 cups flour
3/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 cups fresh cranberries, chopped
1/2 cup walnuts*
2 tsp coconut oil, melted (or other vegetable oil of your choice)
3/4 cup orange juice
*If you're allergic to nuts or just don't like them, you can certainly leave them out.*
Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9x5 loaf pan.
In a bowl combine the first 6 ingredients. In another bowl mix the egg, oil, and orange juice. Pour egg mixture into the dry ingredients just until moistened and combined. The mixture will be thick. If you over mix, the bread will become dense.
Bake for 50 minutes, or until center is done. Test it using a toothpick. Cool completely before serving.
Next time I'm making this in smaller loaves and freezing them the minute they are done cooling. And I won't be giving in to any begging looks I get as it's coming out of the oven.
Okay…..maybe I will! I'll just make and extra one, just for us.