It's about this time of year that I start anxiously awaiting the arrival of fresh cranberries at the grocery store. And as soon as they pop up, I start buying--usually a couple packages at a time--so that I'll have plenty on hand to bake my popular "Apple Cranberry Bread." Bursting with fresh apples and tart cranberries, this bread is as delightful as it looks in the pictures above. Originally found in a copy of "Quick Cooking" magazine (now called "Simple and Delicious") around 5 or 6 years ago, I immediately knew this recipe would be a keeper. Every time I bake it, I always make at least 2 loaves, and sometimes if I'm feeling especially adventurous, 3 or 4 loaves. A loaf of this bread makes a great, inexpensive Christmas gift, and here's the icing on the cake: it's healthy!! As tasty as quick bread is, one of my pet peeves is bread recipes that are maxed out with vegetable oil, eggs and sugar. This one has minimal amounts of those ingredients, and yet still turns out moist and delicious.
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 T. canola or vegetable oil
- 1-1/2 cups flour
- 1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 cups chopped, peeled tart apples
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs, sugar and oil. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda and salt; add to egg mixture just until combined. **Note-Batter will be very thick! Stir in the apples, cranberries and walnuts.
Transfer to an 8-in. x 4-in. x 2 in. loaf pan coated with non-stick spray. Bake at 35o degrees for 60-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center of the loaf comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Yield: 1 loaf
**Note--Fresh cranberries can be frozen if you don't plan on using them shortly after purchasing. I do believe they'll stay good in the freezer for up to 1 or 2 months. Also, this bread freezes very well. Place them in heavy-duty freezer bags, or double wrap in plastic, before freezing. Allow them to thaw completely in the bag (I don't recommend attempting to thaw in the microwave) before serving.