Dum de dum de dum… It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….

Ok, sorry :o) Perhaps just in the malls and Walmart. But I have been feeling a tad festive with my Thanksgiving planningĀ  and seeing snow flurries consistently in the forecast this week. I’m seriously considering putting my outdoor Christmas decorations up in the next couple of weeks… you know, before the ground freezes?! I don’t think that’s unreasonable. I think it’s darn reasonable!

But the thing that gets me most in the holiday state of mind would have to be the smells of baked goods trailing from the kitchen. Specifically those recipes from my childhood. The ones that mom only dug out for Thanksgiving and Christmas, but that we thought about all year round!

Today I grabbed the trusty Fanny Farmer Cookbook. Not the most current or hip of the cookbooks, but the one with the most wear and tear on my shelf. Page 539 has the most wonderful Cranberry Nut Bread recipe in the world. The sugar crusts around the edges and it smells of sweet oranges and tart cranberries. Mmmmm… I doubled the recipe, as Mom would, and now have 1 loaf and 11 lovely muffins sitting next to me. (I ate one!) I think the loaf will go into the freezer for Thanksgiving, but those muffins… oooh those sweet little muffins. They shall not live to see the weekend!

Enjoy and remember to always bake these while thinking of, loving and praying for the people whose tummies they will warm!

Cranberry Nut Bread Recipe of Love from the Fanny Farmer Cookbook

  • 1 orange
  • Boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup cranberries, chopped
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped (I left these out today, as Layla doesn’t like nuts recently :o)
  • 2 cups white flour (I used half whole wheat and could barely tell the difference. Actually added a nice nutty flavor that made up for the missing walnuts!)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda

Preheat the ovenĀ  to 325 F. Butter a loaf pan. Grate the rind of the orange, and squeeze out all the juice into a measuring cup and add enough boiling water to make 3/4 cup of liquid. Add the orange rind and the butter and stir to melt the butter. Beat the egg in another bowl and gradually add the sugar, beating well. Add remaining ingredients and orange mixture, and blend well. Spoon into the pan and bake for 1 hour. Remove from the pan and cool on a rack.

Whoops…. just ate another! ;o)

3 comments to “Cranberry Nut Bread Recipe of Love”

  1. Carolyn

    As I’ve been looking for a new job, I’ve been spending Wednesday mornings volunteering at a homeless shelter for teens - I make a hot breakfast. And, because I never know what ingredients I’ll have to work with on any given Wednesday morning, I always bake some kind of muffin or bread to bring in as well. In case I’m super limited, at least the kiddos will have muffins. This bread looks PERFECT (and perfectly delicious) to bring in! I’m always looking for new recipes to try out. I’ve already made cream cheese (with white chocolate chips) muffins for tomorrow, but I’ll definitely be making these for NEXT Wednesday! Thanks T!

  2. Mom

    Yes…these are the best! Have a muffin for me!
    Thanks. I love you. Mom

  3. Tiffany

    Mmmm - these sound yummy! And that cookbook sounds so sweet! I love the old ones!


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