I've mentioned our annual cranberry bread making tradition but never shared the recipe on the blog.
You can see that our recipe card is well worn and used. I got the recipe from a coworker and we've been making this bread for over 20 years but only at Christmas time. We always have it as part of our breakfast on Christmas morning. We also give it out friends and family so we usually make a lot. If the idea of cheese in a cranberry bread sounds weird to you, just give it a chance. It doesn't taste cheesy at all, it adds a richness to the bread but you can leave it out if you like.
(This will make one really big(9x5x3) loaf filled almost to the top or you can use foil loaf pans, filling them half way) It rises!
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp freshly grated orange peel*(I use a box grater)
2 TBS shortening
Juice from one orange *(grate peel first)
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (about 6 ounces)
1 beaten egg
1 cup cranberries (halved or chopped up in food processor)
1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350F.
Grease loaf pan(s).
Measure flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and peel into a bowl. Cut in shortening. Add water to juice to measure 3/4 cup (or use orange juice), mix in with cheese and egg. Stir in cranberries and nuts.
What's your Christmas morning traditional breakfast?
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