I'd mentioned this loaf bread in another thread and there was a request for it so I thought I'd just post it in a separate thread for anyone else who might like it.
People who enjoy quick breads always love this one. It's got a nice tartness to it that is especially nice at Christmas when there's so much sweet overload, and the cranberries make it festive. It's easy to make as well.
Cranberry Nut Bread
2 cups flour 1 cup sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup shortening 1 egg, well beaten 3/4 cup orange juice 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional, I use walnuts or pecans and add extra) 1 to 2 cups fresh cranberries coarsely chopped (I usually use 2)
Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt; cut in the shortening til the mixture is crumbly. Blend the egg with the orange juice. Pour all at once into dry ingredients, mixing just enough to dampen.
Gently fold in the nuts and the cranberries. Spoon the batter into a greased loaf pan, spreading the corners and sides slightly higher than the centre.
Bake in 350 farenheit degree oven for about one hour, til the crust is golden and toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean. Remove from pan and cool on a rack.
I usually make this in large batches, and it freezes well. If anyone decides to try it, I hope you love it as much as we do. It's a seasonal staple here!