Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Cranberry Apple Quick Bread and Chanukah Pastries

A friend's family owns a cranberry bog and gifted my roommate and me a Gallon sized bag full of fresh cranberries. Gracious recipient of gifts that I am, the first thing I said was, "hmm.. I don't really like cranberries."

Nice, right?

Once I composed myself, I realized that whatever my taste preferences have been up until this point, here is an opportunity (much like Operation Candied Ginger) to put my baking skills to another test: Can I bake something that will make me like fresh cranberries?


Operation Candied Ginger was such a success that I figured I could complete the challenge. After a quick search online and a review of some of my own past recipes, I decided to make a quick bread because it's something I just don't do enough... and it can pass as breakfast!

I wanted to incorporate apples because I had a few that were starting to get soft and I really hate wasting good fruit. When I found the recipe I ended up adapting, I was as much intrigued by it's simplicity (no butter and only 2 tablespoons of oil as the only fats) as I was by the thought of sprucing it up a bit. A little orange zest and some homemade ginger syrup later, here is the final result.

And the verdict is...

The bread is really good. Great if you toast it right before you dig in! However, I  wasn't too keen on the fresh cranberries mixed in – they were a little too tart for me... at least in this scenario.

I did chopped up a few cranberries to throw in some of my Chanukah Rugelach. Heavily coated with sugar and candied ginger, the cranberries here were quite delicious!


We still have a massive bag filled with cranberries so I'll have to try something else with them and/or see what my roommate comes up with. Keeping in mind that I've always stuck my nose up at cranberry sauce or pie, does anyone have any other suggestions as to what to do with fresh cranberries? Leave me a note in the comments!


Cranberry Apple Quick Bread (Recipe adapted from food.com):
Makes 1 medium loaf
  • 2 cups apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 2 tablespoons Ginger Syrup
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of powdered ginger
Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Combine apples, sugar and oil in medium mixing bowl
  • Add egg; mix well
  • Combine dry ingredients in seperate bowl
  • Add apple mixture, mixing just until moist
  • Stir in cranberries
  • Spread batter in a well greased medium sized loaf pan
  • Bake for 45 minutes - 1hour or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean
  • Cool in pan 15 minutes before removing
Happy Baking and CHappy CHanukah!! 

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