|What a fun book!|
The story revolves around four characters: Grandma, Maggie, Mr. Horace, and Uriah Peabody aka Mr. Whiskers and a sinister plot to steal Grandma's Famous Cranberry Bread recipe.
My son was so excited to see the recipe on the back. He wanted to make it right away. That was not possible because I didn't have the ingredients on hand. I headed to the store and gathered everything to make my own batch of Grandma's Famous Cranberry Bread!
I made this recipe years ago when my husband and I were first married. It was a colossal flop! What I ended up with was a dense brick more suitable for building than eating. YUCK!
I have learned a lot about baking since then. I'll show you some of my tricks!
First, you need to prep the pans beforehand with cooking spray and parchment paper. The parchment paper is a MUST! This batter is sticky and it will cling to the pan like glue.
|Spray the pan with cooking spray.|
|Line the pan(s) with parchment paper. The cooking spray will glue it to the sides of the pan.|
Keep your butter COLD before you cut it into the dry ingredients. This will keep the consistency correct. My daughter had a great time helping me with this.
|COLD butter and a pastry cutter|
|Cut the butter into the dry ingredients until the butter is evenly incorporated.|
|Little helping hands!|
I added the orange zest next and whisked it into the dry ingredients. I did this even though the recipe says to add it with the wet ingredients. This was another place in the recipe that I recieved help.
|She was having F-U-N!|
|I got 1 teaspoon of zest from one medium-sized orange.|
|For the first loaf I used whole cranberries. I added them with the wet ingredients and folded everything together at the same time. I love how bold the red of the cranberries are! PRETTY!|
|The recipe calls for the wet ingredients to be added before the cranberries and raisins.|
|The recipe called for "Chopped" cranberries.|
|Crushed Cranberries - MMMMMM!|
|Finished batter with whole berries.|
|Found on Pinterest|
Scrape the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 70 minutes. I rotated the pans halfway through baking to even the browning.
|350 degrees for 70 minutes rotate after 35|
Here is a little side note to entertain you whole your loaves of cranberry bread are baking....The fresh cranberries you buy in the store are harvested first using a rake. The cranberries that are harvested after the bogs are flooded are used for juice and cranberry preserves.
|CLOSE - UP!|
Let the loaves cool for 10 minutes before removing them from the pans to continue cooling.
|Run a butter knife around the ends of the loaf or THIS will happen.|
The parchment paper will help the loaves to lift out easily. However, the ends will stick even after the cooking spray. You must run a butter knife around the ends to loosen them because they will stick to the pan.
|I used a butter knife on the loaf on the left and not on the loaf on the right. Notice the stickage!|
|What's not to love?|
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