Cranberry Nut Bread Recipe

  A quick sweet bread recipe, no yeast, no kneading and full of fruit and nuts.  It might crack in baking, but there's no way to prevent this, it is a characteristic of this kind of bread. Also, it will crumble easily when sliced if too warm, so make a few hours before planning to serve and let it cool thoroughly.

  This sweet bread recipe is full of cranberries, raisins and nuts.  Makes a great holiday gift or an addition to a festive meal. I like a slice or two for a quick breakfast. Top with butter or cream cheese for a truly delicious flavor.

Makes 1 loaf.

2-cups all-purpose flour

1-cup white granulated sugar

1-1/2-teaspoon baking powder

1/2-teaspoon baking soda

1/4-cup butter or margarine

1-large egg

1-tablespoon grated orange rind

3/4-cup orange juice

1/2-cup golden raisins

1-1/2-cups chopped dried cranberries

1-cup chopped walnuts, almonds or pecans

Step 1...Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.

Step 2...In a large bowl, sift together all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Combine well.

Step 3...Cut in butter or margarine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Step 4...In a separate bowl, stir together egg, orange rind and orange juice. Gradually stir in flour mixture. Stir just until the flour is moistened.

Step 5...Gently fold in golden raisins, chopped dried cranberries and your choice of nuts.

Step 6...Pour the batter into prepared pan. Bake for 60 to 75 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Step 7...Transfer loaf to a cooling rack, let stand 5 minutes.  Then invert the cranberry nut bread on a  wire rack

Turn on side, cool completely before slicing.

Tip; This sweet bread can also be baked in two 3x5 inch pans. Reduce baking time to 45 to 50 minutes, any nuts you choose, optional.