Thursday, October 20, 2011

31 Days of Holiday Baking - Day 20 :: Cranberry Lemon Loaf

***Update - October 30/11 - This is the last post in the "31 Days" series. Yup, I'm ending it at 20 days! lol I've been sick with a nasty cold/flu bug for the last week and am still not fully better so I will end it here, but I'm sure I'll have more holiday baking recipes to share with you as we get closer to Christmas and I start doing Christmas baking with my girls! I truly hope you've enjoyed this series and found some inspiration for your own holiday celebrations. ***


Today in my kitchen, I'm whipping up a double batch of Cranberry Lemon Loaf. I'll pop the loaves in the freezer and take them out Saturday morning to serve the crafty ladies for breakfast. Last year I made several of these and gave them away to neighbours. They were very well received! I might as well make it a tradition and do it again this year.

If you were going to a kid-free, all meals provided, 12 hour craft day... what would you work on? I'm still undecided. I have several UFO's (partially finished quilts, purses, scarves, afghans, etc!), but it seems like a lot more fun to start yet another new project! The simplest thing would be to work on my Little Birdie Stitches quilt. It's already packed up conveniently in a container and ready to go.

Cranberry Lemon Loaf

1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
Juice of 2 lemons and water to make 1 1/2 cups

4 cups flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
Grated zest of 2 lemons
3 cups fresh, chopped cranberries

Combine butter, sugars and eggs in mixing bowl. Beat until smooth. Stir in juice/water.

In second bowl, measure flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir in lemon zest and cranberries. Add to batter, stirring just until moistened. Scrape into greased loaf pans. I used 2 large loaf pans and one small and filled them each just over half full.

Bake in 350° oven for 1 hour. Test with toothpick. Let stand 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Cool on wire rack.

Now don't you wish you were coming to the craft day on Saturday? There's still one more spot available!


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1 comment:

  1. Mmmm, your cranberry loaf looks SO tasty. And perfect for a leisurely Saturday breakfast (with coffee)!