I really do love cranberries! And for so many reasons. 😉
Their unique taste, beautiful deep red color, nutritional value, even their shiny, glossy texture! The interesting way they are grown and harvested.
And of course, their special significance at Christmas and all the memories that enjoying cranberries over the years, conjures up. 🙂
My blog-bud Caroline Brown over at Earth Friendly Gardening has graciously agreed to do a co-post (new blog word???LOL) on cranberries.
I’m providing a cranberry loaf recipe (see end of this post) and Caroline shares her wisdom on this fall fav. fruit in this archive post from:
Cranberry Mandarin Christmas Loaf
I know I’ve learned a thing or two about cranberries, reading Caroline’s post. 😉
I hope you enjoy reading these interesting facts about this beautiful berry and do give the Cranberry Mandarin Christmas Loaf recipe a try too.
Especially nice for Christmas but good anytime cranberries are available in the stores.
CRANBERRY MANDARIN CHRISTMAS LOAF
A delicious alternative to fruitcake. Very colorful and full of the flavors of cranberries and oranges. Excellent on it’s own or try it with cream cheese. Cranberries are at their peak and in stores now! They freeze well so stock up for later enjoyment.
Makes 1 large (9” x5“) loaf.
¼ C. unbleached white flour
1 C. fresh or frozen (thaw, rinse and drain well first) cranberries, halved.
1 1/2 C. unbleached white flour
3/4 C. light brown sugar
1 ½ teas. baking powder
½ teas. baking soda
½ teas. sea salt
¼ C. firm butter (or Earth Balance works great!)
grated zest of one large Mandarin orange
1 C. Mandarin orange juice (about 4 large Mandarin oranges squeezed)
1 egg, beaten
1 C. finely chopped walnuts or pecans
Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour a 9”x5” metal loaf pan.
Dredge cranberries with the ¼ C. of the flour and set aside.
In a large bowl, sift remaining flour, sugar, baking powder, soda and salt together.
Cut in butter, using a pastry blender, until mixture is crumbly. Fold in cranberries and nuts.
In a small bowl, combine orange peel, juice and egg. Add to dry ingredients, stirring just enough to combine, don’t over-mix.
Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Bake for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 325 and continue to bake approx. 45 minutes more or until knife inserted in center of loaf, comes out clean.
Cool thoroughly before removing from pan and serving. Wrap well and store in refrigerator up to a week. Also freezes well.
Variation: Use regular navel oranges also work well in this recipe but you might need to add a bit more sugar, to taste.
Recipe from: Not Just for Vegetarians, Delicious Homestyle Cooking, the Meatless Way by Geraldine Hartman. All rights reserved