Family Traditions: Cranberry Nut Bread

Tuesday, December 21, 2010 @ 05:12 AM

This cranberry nut bread recipe has been a Christmas tradition in our house for years. We bake it in a cast iron cookware preferably a loaf pan. Chill, slice and serve Christmas morning with cream cheese.

2 cups sifted flour

1 cup sugar

11/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1/4 cup shortening

3/4 cup orange juice

1 tbsp grated orange rind

1 egg beaten

1/2 cup coarsely chopped nuts

1 cup yelow raisins

Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, soda, and salt. Cut in shorteninguntil mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Combine OJ and rind with beaten egg. Pour all at once into dry ingredients, mixing just enough to dampen. Carefully fold in chopped nuts and fruits. Spoon into 9x5x3 loaf pan. Spread corners and sides slightly higher than center. Bake at 350 degrees for about one hour. (clean toothpick and golden crust) Remove from pan and cool. Refridgerate overnight before slicing.

This bread is so good. I really love it on Christmas morning. My mom always made this and I continue the tradition. It is especially good served with a little cream cheese.

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