So I might have had "Mambo No. 5" by Bela Lugosi stuck in my head this morning. He's dreaming about girls, I'm dreaming about cranberries. We have a lot in common.
Now that Thanksgiving is over, I'm thinking that you might have a bag or two of unused cranberries lurking in your fridge. The Thanksgiving leftovers are (finally) gone, and you are hoping that you don't see any turkey or stuffing on your plate for at least several weeks.
Those lurking cranberries don't need to be punished because you're sick of eating Thanksgiving food.
In fact, those cranberries should be rewarded for their perennial charm and tartness. You can reward those cranberries by baking them into this bread. (Tip: you really should make this bread, even if you don't have any lurking cranberries.)
Cranberry Walnut Orange Bread
makes 1 loaf
2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups fresh cranberries
zest of one orange
1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup butter, melted
¾ cup granulated sugar
½ cup roughly chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350. Mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, orange zest, walnuts and cranberries in a large bowl.
In a small bowl, whisk together the melted butter, granulated sugar and egg. Pour wet ingredients in with the dry ingredients and mix to combine. The dough will be on the dry side and will be similar to sugar cookie dough.
Press the dough into a greased loaf pan and bake for about an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes. The top of the loaf will be a rich golden brown. Don't be a tool and pull the bread out too early, like I did. You'll have to heat the oven again and throw it back in. Leave it in until it is truly browned.
Also...don't be a tool and think that you can bake this bread in only 40 minutes. You don't have the ability to rush the baking process, even if you are trying to time it perfectly so that it comes out of the oven right as your family shows up at your door. You won't impress them and make them think that you are a baking genius; you'll just feel like an idiot because they now has to wait another 40 minutes until your bread is done so that you can leave to go Christmas shopping.
But, if you do, at least you'll be able to offer them a slice of fresh bread as penance.
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