Monday, November 25, 2013

Make Ahead Thanksgiving Idea-Cranberry Bread

Isn't it great when you can get some of the Thanksgiving side dishes prepared ahead of time?


Well, I think every family has their list of favorite dishes that have to be at Thanksgiving, or it wouldn't be the same.  Our family is no different!  Our Thanksgiving must have cranberry bread!!!

My mom passed away almost 6 years ago and this recipe for cranberry bread is something my mom always used.  So making and serving it is like a little bit of her is with us.  I don't think we have ever had a Thanksgiving without it!

Cranberry Bread
So here's how you make this moist bread which will be an awesome addition to your Thanksgiving feast.  It makes 1 loaf, so double the recipe if you need more.

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 1/4 cranberries, halved
1 egg beaten
1 tsp orange peel
3/4 cup orange juice
2 Tbsp melted butter

Blend the first 5 ingredients.  Mix in the cranberries.
Combine the egg, orange peel, orange juice and melted butter in a bowl.
Add dry ingredients and stir until just moistened.
Bake in a greased pan at 350 degrees for about 40-45 minutes.
Allow to cool in pan for 10-15 minutes before removing from pan to a cooling rack.
You can freeze the bread and just defrost the morning of the big event!

Cranberry Bread

I love this bread!  The citrus flavor is a perfect compliment to the cranberries in this bread and will look wonderful on your Thanksgiving table!

Making foods that remind you of loved ones that are no longer with us, is a great way to remember them!

Celebrate the little things that make life sweet!