Friday, October 10, 2008

Cranberry Walnut Bread

The cranberries have arrived! Have you ever seen how they harvest cranberries? It's the coolest thing. While driving past a farm the other day, I saw this field of beautiful crimson. It was one of the most spectacular things I've ever seen. Cranberries are harvested by flooding the field with water, the cranberries are removed from the vines then they rise and float on the surface of the water. The result is a sea of red. Gorgeous.

This weekend is Thanksgiving here in Canada and thankfully the cranberries arrived just in time. Needless to say I bought a lot. Luckily I came across this delicious Cranberry Walnut Bread on Simply Recipes. I loved the sound of cranberries and orange and walnuts together. Talk about complimentary ingredients. This bread is perfect for fall. Tart and bright and crunchy, delicious.

RECIPE courtesy of Simply Recipes:
2 cups flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1 cup chopped cranberries (I sliced them in half)
3/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 egg, beaten
1 Tbsp grated orange peel

Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add the chopped cranberries and walnuts to coat with the flour mixture. Mix together orange juice, butter, egg, and orange peel. Add to flour, cranberry, nut mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until just blended. Pour into a greased 9x5 or 8x4 loaf pan. Bake at 350°F for 55 to 60 minutes or until done (a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean). Cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on a wire rack.

Serves 8.


aprilbapryll said...

That looks delicious! I'll have to check out my grocery this weekend and see if the cranberries have come in here too ... sometimes I almost miss them, and then I really miss them! (As in, I wanna and can't have-a).

Danny said...

Yum! Looks scrumptious! I'm a bit jealous of your early Thanksgiving!

~Madeline~ said...

Thanks April! I know what you mean, I buy them by the boatload while they're in season so I never have to go without :)

Thanks Danny, next year I suggest doing what I do...Celebrate both Canadian and American! Shameless, I know ;)

Kevin said...

This bread looks good. I like the red cranberries in it. I hop you had a great Thanksgiving!

~Madeline~ said...

Thanks Kevin! I had a fabulous Thanksgiving, hope you did too :)

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