cranberry

The abundant delicious berries available include those bright red, hard, plump, tart nutritious cranberries. They have so many health benefits that serve our bodies well. Among them are; powerful detoxifier, prevents urinary tract infections (UTI's), antioxidant, and cardiovascular benefits. I have even read that drinking 1 - 2 glasses of sugar free, fresh cranberry juice daily will increase easy weight loss. I find it very difficult to drink straight, so I sweeten with honey and dilute with water. It really helps cut back on influenza, and colds.

No matter what, the phytonutrients one gets from cranberries is worth enjoying them in one form or another. They can be made into sauces, salads, juice blends, breads and more.

Baking has always been a stress reliever for me. Somehow knowing that this creative outlet can make others happy helps take away my problems, and builds my self improvement by giving to others in a most delicious and meaningful way. Since I always like to put a twist on old recipes, my creations are often blunders. They usually taste terrific, but may not look like they are supposed to! It's all in the journey. This recipe is tried and proven, it looks and tastes great!

This recipe can be altered to use either gluten free flour or not. I am showing the gluten free recipe that I made. If you don't want gluten free, just use a non gluten free flour (wheat), and don't use the guar gum (a natural food thickener).

Cranberry Bread Delight Recipe
You can pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. This makes one loaf or 2 small if preferred.

2 cups flour - I used 1c millet flour, and 1c rice flour
1 1/2 tsp guar gum - xanthan gum is fine to use too, but guar is less pricey
1 cup sugar - can alternate with agave, honey, or other non sugar sweetners
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda - I use aluminum free baking soda
3/4 c orange juice
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp lime zest (this is the delight part- using lime zest instead of orange zest)
1 egg
1 1/2 c fresh or frozen cranberries - I use frozen and I don't chop them
1/2 c nuts (optional - chop if use them)

Mix flour, baking powder and baking soda in bowl, set aside. If you have an electric mixer then blend sugar, orange juice, egg, oil and lime zest. Otherwise blend manually. Add flour mix. Stir in cranberries and nuts. Pour in greased 9 X 5 inch baking loaf pan. Bake for 55 minutes. Place on cooling rack (15 minutes or so), then turn out of pan on a serving plate.

I love to make many loafs for holiday gifts. I freeze them once they are totally cooled. Usually I wrap them in saran wrap, then aluminum foil to freeze. This way when I remove them they are easy to tie a ribbon around or wrap in festive paper and stick a bow on. Another nice idea is to print the recipe on a colorful card for the recipient, along with the cranberry bread delight loaf.