Cranberry Bread: Cooking for the holidays is always fun for me because I enjoy spending time with everyone I love while enjoying a wonderful meal. I love cooking a feast and cooking a feast always translates into having tons of ingredients to use. And more often, having lots of ingredients is a benefit because more dishes can be created if there is enough time to cook or bake.
I had one extra bag of fresh cranberries left and was trying to decide what to make. As I was looking at the packaging, I found a recipe for Cranberry Nut Bread and thought it would be a good idea to make it. Looking at foods or ingredients’ packaging is a good way to come up with new ideas and new creations.
I was a little perplexed with adding nuts because I do not often enjoy eating nuts in my baked goods. So I decided to make it without the nuts. Not a bad idea at all!
While preparing the Cranberry Bread, I was concerned about 2 things. One was the tartness of the cranberries and second, I was not sure if I needed to mix them with a little bit of flour so they don’t all float to the top of the batter. I decided to take a chance and not mix the cranberries with flour.
To decrease the tartness of the cranberries a bit, I decided to soak them for a few minutes with the same orange juice I was going to use for the batter and additional sugar. That I believe made a difference.
I also added a few more ingredients to the recipe just because I felt that they would add more flavor to the bread, a pinch of allspice and homemade orange extract. I used the orange extract because I needed the orange flavor to empower the flavor of the cranberries, hence decrease the tartness. Not a bad idea again!
I cannot take all the credit for something that I did not totally create. The recipe came from as mentioned before, the packaging of the cranberries. The brand was Ocean Spray and for disclosure purposes, no monetary exchange was made for using the product. Now that is out of the way, let’s get baking! Don’t forget to let me know what you think.