Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Pumpkin-Cranberry Bread

It was FINALLY Baking day! Finally, time to free the cranberries from slumber in the fridge! The past three days in Olympia have been freezing cold... literally. The kids had snow days the past two days from school- extra long break from school- almost a whole WEEK, since tomorrow is Thanksgiving. Yesterday, the kid's spent the afternoon sledding on the hills a few blocks from our home with Dad, then rose early this morning for Pumpkin Pancakes, tea & more sledding! They've enjoyed the time off to play in the snow, watch movies, play games [though, KK likes to cheat and none of us like that...] & just hang out. I can't even begin to explain how many cups of tea, coffee & hot cocoa have been made here the past few days. Now.. onto the recipe!

Pumpkin- Cranberry Bread with Walnut Ingredients
  • 1 3/4 c. Flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp each: Cloves, Allspice, Nutmeg, Cinnamon
  • 1 can [15 oz.] Pumpkin {Or 2 cups puree from fresh sugar pumpkin}
  • 1/3 c. Margarine {Earth Balance, Melted}
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 c. Sugar
  • 1/4 c. Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/2 c. Fresh Cranberries
  • 1c. Raw Walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degree. In a large mixing bowl combine flour, sugar, brown sugar, spices, baking soda, and baking powder.

Once all ingredients have been well incorporated in mixing bowl, set aside.

{The was the first recipe that KK successfully measured each, and every ingredient out by herself.. in the past she has always asked for help on at least a couple things and how much is where on the measuring cups & spoons- but my confident girl did it all on her own this time!}

In your separate mixer bowl combine pumpkin, eggs, vanilla and margarine. Mix well.

Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients in mixer bowl. Mix on slow setting until moist.

By hand, fold in walnuts to batter.

The star of the show... CRANBERRIES! Gently, fold in berries to batter. Transfer batter to a greased loaf pan & cook at 350 degrees for 60-70 minutes!

{KK couldn't WAIT to taste the cranberries.. they were NOT as delicious as she figured they would be...}

The finished product looked so incredible, and made the WHOLE house smell like spices! Let the loaf cool, and then slice a piece {or two..} to enjoy. The bread was slightly sweet, and the cranberries were a perfect addition. KK loved the cranberries once they were cooked inside of the bread!

KK {& Brooke}

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