A broken bread in the kitchen before dinner.
I made two successful chocolate chip banana breads (different recipes, hence the different looks).
But, I was a bit careless with my last bread. I found fresh frozen cranberries at Trader Joe’s last week. I haven’t seen fresh cranberries since December, so I was excited to grab a bag. I am back in class next weekend, so I was planning to bake a few breads to freeze for breakfast during the course.
I was most excited to make this Cranberry Walnut Bread. The TRAINER made me this bread over the holidays. It was so amazing and I was immediately addicted. I have only made it one time as mini muffins using dried cranberries. They turned out wonderful, so I was ready to try it with real cranberries.
However, I made a few important errors, most of which centered around the cranberries.
1) After rinsing the cranberries, I forgot to dry them
2) I did not chop them in half
3) I added the cranberries to the wet instead of the dry mixture
4) With a little too much water
5) I tried to remove the bread too soon!
Somehow, all of the cranberries floated to the top of the middle of the bread, which was the last portion to finish cooking. When I went to remove the bread…
Ooopps! Half the bread stayed in tact, but the other half turned into pieces. Delicious pieces of warm fresh bread that I just couldn’t keep my fingers away from. So dangerous!!!
The BOY came by for a taste and was pleasantly surprised with how good this ugly bread tasted. He took a few broken pieces for dessert.
Lessons learned (and now that I’ve shared them, you won’t make the same mistakes). This bread is one of the BEST quick breads I’ve made, even when broken into many pieces. Next time, I will be sure to treat my cranberries better so my bread turns out in one piece looking nice enough to serve to guests. Until then, the BOY and I will be enjoying the dangers of broken bread at home!
Cranberry Walnut Bread
Mix dry ingredients together:
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup nuts (I use walnuts)
1 cup cranberries-cut in half (can used dried if fresh not available. If using frozen, see mistakes to avoid above).
In a separate bowl, combine:
4 tablespoons butter (melted)
1/4 cup oil
1/3 cup orange juice (if you don’t have, just use 1 full cup water)
2/3 cup water
-Combine both mixtures, stirring just until combined. Do not over stir.
-Grease and flour a loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour.
-Test with a toothpick.
This recipe also makes wonderful muffins!
***Note: If making muffins, bake for ~20 minutes until muffin top springs back to touch.