If you are stuck at home on this winter day, as I am, one of the best ways to get a natural “lift,” is to bake!
There is nothing as uplifting as the smell of freshly baked bread. In fact, I know that if you sell your home and you work with a skilled real estate agent (and if you read this post, YOU become skilled:) one of the many other things that help is an attractive smell in your home. I’d venture to say, an attractive smell in anyone’s home is important. Why? Well… that’s for another post.
Back to cranberry bread!!!
I am one of the few who doesn’t read labels:) so for years I bought the Ocean Spray Fresh Cranberries bags but never LOOKED on the back of the bag. So, if you do have such a bag in your refrigerator, READ this post NO MORE!!!
This recipe is taken from the back of such an Ocean Spray bag (and if you wonder, NO, Ocean Spray, or any other entity do NOT pay me to write this blog) I do it voluntarily, because I like to share the things that helped me or make me happier, and hope it will help someone else.
Feel free to substitute, or in the case of nuts to avoid, as many are allergic. I have never been big on rules and following EXACTLY what I am told, so feel free to improvise. The worst it could happen is you give the bread to the birds (I don’t think they are allergic) and would appreciate on a cold winter day when everything is covered by frozen snow. In my country of origin, Romania, we called such sunny but very cold days, “soare cu dinti.” That means:” Sun with teeth,” because it is so deceiving. You go outside seeing the beautiful sunny day and when you are outside the coldness “bites you” (this is a figure of speech, of course.) However, be careful, it is slippery.
Here is the recipe:
2 Cups flour
1 Cup sugar
1 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon baking soda
3/4 Cup orange juice
2 Table spoons vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon grated orange peel
1 Egg, well beaten
1 1/2 Cups Cranberries (I use the fresh ones, the recipe says frozen)—chopped
1/2 Cup chopped nuts (I don’t because they are too expensive) –optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together all the dry ingredients first and add the other ones. At the end stir in the cranberries and nuts. Mix well, grease your baking pans and pour in equal amounts.
These quantities make according to the original recipe one loaf. I use small baking pans and I get four.
It makes for a wonderful, “attention, thank you” gift with a nice hand written note (not text:)
Bake at 350 for 55 minutes IF you have ONE loaf. If not, just check the oven until the loaf is hard in the middle. Use gloves, do not burn yourself, as I did!
Enjoy your “soare cu dinti” winter day and your baking therapy!!!!