If you've been keeping track, this is my third week in a row sharing a baking recipe including cranberries.
No, this wasn't by accident.
Since you can only find fresh cranberries in the stores for a few months out of the year, I always make sure to share a lot of recipes that use them around the holidays! This recipe is a great one to bring into work because it's tart and tangy rather than cloyingly sweet like the other holiday sweets out there.
If you use little loaf pans to bake these, they look adorable with a little bit of twine or ribbon wrapped around them!
What you'll need to make it happen:
3 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 cups fresh cranberries
3 teaspoons lemon zest (could also use orange!)
1 2/3 cups sugar
1/2 cup skim milk
2/3 cup veggie or canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 large eggs
How to make it happen:
Step 1: Mix together your flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
Step 2: In a separate bowl, mix your cranberries, sugar, zest, milk, oil, vanilla, and eggs. Once well mixed, slowly add in your flour mixture.
Step 3: Lightly grease two bread pans, and evenly distribute your mixture in each. ( If you want to use small bread pans to give the loaves as gifts, this will be enough batter for 5-6 small pans.)
Step 4: Put your bread in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes (40 for the smaller pans). You'll know it's done by inserting a toothpick or knife and pulling it out cleanly!
Step 5: Let cool for 15 minutes and pop out of the pan. Enjoy with butter or just by itself!
Like I said, wrap it up and give it as a gift!
Now, if you love this bread and want to make it year round, be sure to buy a few extra bags of cranberries and freeze them- this way you'll have cranberries to use all year long!
What is your favorite holiday treat to bring into work?
If you don't have one yet, try this one this year!