I had a small package of organic cranberries in my freezer from after New Years. I was given them at the food bank. These were large beautiful berries. I rediscovered them lingering in the freezer so it was time to use them. While looking through my cookbooks for new ideas to make, cranberry recipes reminded me of the ones I had in the freezer. I found this recipe and adapted to what I had on hand to make this luscious dessert.
One of the things I do is make sure I have a assortment of items in the my spice cupboard. There is a small organic store near me that offers bulk items. I can buy my spices in any amount I need. I just select some every month that I have use for. The spices are displayed in jars and they provide clean little scoops for you to bag up what you want. There is a marker for you to write what spice it is so the clerk can weigh it and ring it up. For me that makes it possible to have some of the very expensive spices to keep on hand in small amount. I plan a monthly trip to do that and enjoy the shop. Sometimes I get other foods in bulk like rolled oats or red lentils. It is much cheaper then from the grocery store and it is organic too.
My recipe called for orange zest but I did not have an orange. I did have on hand a small amount of dried orange peel from the organic store that I used as a substitute. The recipe is a older basic recipe that has been around for a long time. I used the same format that was on my recipe card from so many years ago. It is simple and not expensive to make. It is always nice to buy a couple of extra bags in November to squirrel away in the back of the freezer so you can enjoy them through the year. Cranraisins would also be good as a substitute for fresh cranberries. I would use 2/3 cups of cranraisins.
Orange Cranberry Nut Bread
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare 4 inch x 8 inch standard bread pan with cooking spray.
Sift together and set aside:
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Cream with electric mixer in a large bowel:
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup soften margarine (1 stick)
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon fresh orange zest. (or 1 teaspoon of dried orange peel)
Slowly add dry mixture to creamed mixture alternating with:
3/4 cup orange juice
- 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
- 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecan nuts
Pour into the prepared loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour or until tester comes out clean. Let rest for 5 minutes before removing from pan.
You can frost with a simple icing if you desire.