When I was eleven years old, my parents (not sure which one to blame) encouraged me to submit some entries into the Gold Country Fair. One of my two first place winners was the Peanut Butter Blossoms that I posted in January. This scrumptious bread earned my second first place ribbon. So, it’s not just me telling you how tasty this recipe is….it’s the whole of The Gold Country.
My brother has all of the family photos or else I would post some proof of my documented winnings (and the stylish 1980’s pastel eyeglasses that took over half of my face and the over-feathered hair that took over the other half of my head). This was also the year that my mom sewed up a party dress for me by Gunne-Sax and won first place and Best of Show. Not only could she cook, but, holy cow, could she sew!
After making this quick bread, I realized its similarities to the Orange You Glad You’re My Valentine Cake I made. Both are super delicious. Want to push it over the top? Slather it with butter or cream cheese and just pass out from extravagance.
Chop up those sweetened cranberries and raw walnuts!
Make sure to sift the flour, baking soda and powder, sugar and salt. I like to sift it over a sheet of waxed paper and then I can just pick it up and dump it in the bowl once sifted.
Save yourself some trouble and use a pastry blender to get that nice ‘coarse oatmeal’ look without getting your hands messy. Yes, that is a pastry cutter. No, you do not use it to mash potatoes.
Blend the shortening with the sifted flour mixture.
Pour orange juice, egg and zest mixture all at once into the flour bowl. Mix until just blended. Fold in chopped cranberries and nuts. Pour into greased bread pan and get ‘er into the oven!!
Check out the state of this recipe card. It’s been bent, burned, spilled on, marked up and updated. It’s been loved, people and it is ‘excellent’ and it is most definitely a winner. It is easy and SUPER flavorful and a treat for the soul. Eat the whole thing yourself, hide it in the breadbox, freeze it for later, give it to a friend…. but above all, make this bread. You’ll be SO glad you did.
Cranberry Fruit-Nut Bread
- 2 c. all-purpose sifted flour
- 1 c. sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. soda
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/4 c. shortening
- 3/4 c. orange juice
- 1 tbsp. grated orange rind
- 1 egg, well beaten
- 1/2 c. chopped nuts
- 1 c. cranberries, coarsely chopped
- Sift together first 5 ingredients.
- Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse oatmeal.
- Combine orange juice and grated rind with well beaten egg.
- Pour all at once into dry ingredients, mix just enough to dampen.
- Fold in nuts and berries.
- Spoon into greased loaf pan (9x5x3).
- Spread corners and sides slightly higher than center.
- Bake at 350 degrees for one hour.