This bread is so festive! Cranberries are so bright and pretty to cook with, and I love the tart contrast they provide to the sweetness of the bread. Our mom used to read us a book called Cranberry Thanksgiving every year around Thanksgiving (and probably much more often than that). I read it to my little boy this year, and I was thoroughly delighted that he loved Mr Whiskers as much as I did (you’ll have to get this book!) . Anyway, the grandmother in the book has a wonderful and secret cranberry bread recipe… which of course they disclose at the end of the book. My mom would always make it for us, and we loved it! So I thought I would pass along the oh-so-secret recipe so you could enjoy it, too!
Grandmother’s Famous Cranberry Bread
Submitted by Mindy ~ The Sisters Cafe
Printable recipe here
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup butter
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
3/4 cup orange juice
1 1/2 cups light raisins (I never include these – not a fan of raisins in my bread)
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, chopped
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda into a large bowl. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Add egg, orange peel, and orange juice all at once; stir until mixture is evenly moist. Fold in raisins and cranberries. Spoon into a greased 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from pan; cool on wire rack.