Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Cranberry Banana Bread

Now that cranberries are in season, it's a great time to make this simple quick bread.
An old neighbor of mine gave me this recipe back in 1995.
It's cool to have someone's own recipe card design, written in their hand, and dated.
A little piece of memorabilia.

Put two cups of granulated sugar in a saucepan, along with
1-1/2 cups water and
4 cups cranberries
*note: 4 ounces cranberries = 1 cup
So you'll need slightly more than the standard 12-ounce bag, or 2 of the 8-ounce organic bags
(this is confusing, because standard measurements say 8 fluid ounces = 1 cup. Fluid is the key here. Please go off the 4 ounces is one cup hint, or you'll use way too many cranberries and ruin this dish. I know this from experience)

Heat to a boil and stir to dissolve sugar
Then cook berries until they pop (that's the fun part!)
Drain and set aside

In a large bowl, cream:
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup shortening

2 eggs and mix well

Blend in:
1 cup mashed bananas (about two large)

In a separate bowl, combine:
1-3/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Add dry ingredients to banana mixture
Fold in the cranberries
May add 1/2 cups chopped walnuts if desired

Pour batter into a greased loaf pan
Bake one hour at 350 degrees



Blogger The Calico Cat said...

Thanks for sharing. Please remind me to buy an extra bag or 2 of cranberries for when I want cranberry chicken in the summer... (The recipe calls for a can of cranberry sauce but I like to add some fresh ones for the tartness.)

3:48 AM  
Blogger Pattie - Chicagoland, IL said...

Does this change the texture of a standard banana bread? It sounds wonderful.

9:35 AM  
Blogger Heidi said...

Thanks for posting this. My husband always buys bananas and then doesn't eat very many of them, so we always have banana bread around here (or banana smoothies.) I made this tonight (even though I only had half the amount of cranberries) and it really jazzed up regular banana bread. (I also sometimes add chocolate chip to banana bread.)

3:13 AM  

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