Wednesday, December 1, 2010

12 Days of Christmas - Day 9 Favorite Holiday Recipe

"Mama's Cranberry Bread"

Christmas is NOT the same, without Mama's Cranberry Bread!


2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
2 tablespoons shortening
1 egg, well beaten
1 1/2 cups Ocean Spray® Fresh or Frozen Cranberries, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.
Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a medium mixing bowl. Stir in orange juice, orange peel, shortening and egg. Mix until well blended. Stir in cranberries and nuts. Spread evenly in loaf pan. Bake for 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a rack for 15 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely. Wrap and store overnight. Makes 1 loaf (16 slices).

True story:
Every year my Mom makes this marvelous Cranberry Bread! She always said she got the recipe from my Grandmother. [Better known as Ganny]
It's so yummy to my tummy! She makes each family of all my family members one, plus family friends. She wraps a tiny Philadelphia Cream Cheese package to the outside and tags it From Our Home to Yours!
It's really out of this world! Everyone fights over them!
In conversation with my Daddy [who lives in NY] on Thanksgiving Day, he was telling me he was making Cranberry Bread. I instantly got excited. Then he said "You do know the story, right?" Confused! He began to tell me that years ago, Ganny met this lady who gave her Cranberry bread & was out of this world. The lady gave her "her" recipe & from that day on Ganny started baking it. One day Ganny was baking with Ocean Spray Cranberries and noticed a recipe for Cranberry Bread! It was the exact same one the lady gave her years prior too. Cheater! :)
This story may not be all that great to you [my bad] but I couldn't believe it when Daddy told me that. I always thought she got it from Ganny. Of course when I asked my Mom, she simply stated "Yes, you didn't know that?" Even though it's Ocean Spray [bagged] recipe. It will always be called "Mama's Cranberry Bread" to me, and it's not the same without the Cream Cheese!


Lacey said...

The story is what makes the recipe so great. It's the love that you family puts into making that bread that makes it so special to everyone - no matter where the recipe originated from.

Marcy XOXO said...

I can't wait to try this recipe! Love the story behind it ;)

MishMish said...

That's a great story!!! Reminds of the Nestle Tollhouse episode of Friends (only funny if you were a Friends watcher!!)...

Either way it does look super yummy!!!

Molly said...

Great story!!

That sounds SO good! Thanks for sharing girl :)

J and A said...

Looks delish! Cute story.

Kit said...

Great story! I will have to try this :)

April Rowell said...

Funny story! Very much enjoyed it :)

LivKit said...

Love the story!