Let it be said up front that cooking and baking are not my true passion.
We need to eat, so cooking is necessary.
I enjoy it to a point, but I am no Julia Child.
However, Christmas brings out the femme chez in me!
A favorite recipe—which is used frequently for gifting—is cranberry orange nut bread.
Last weekend, a dozen of these delights baked themselves into existence, with the friendly stirring and loving hands of moi.
And so, I give you, Cranberry Orange Nut Bread!
CRANBERRY BREAD. (One Loaf)
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons shortening
3/4 cup orange juice
1 well beaten egg
1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries (coarsely chopped)
½ cup chopped nuts
Preheat oven to 350°.
In a bowl mix flour, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda. Stir in orange juice and egg. Mix until well blended. Stir in cranberries and nuts. Turn mix into a 9 x 5 loaf pan, greased on the bottom only. Bake 55-60 minutes. Use the toothpick test. Cool in pan for 15 minutes, then remove. Cool thoroughly before serving.