Jul 26, 2010

Cranberry Quick Bread with Raisins and Walnuts

Cranberry quick bread with raisins and walnuts.

It’s Monday. Out of all the days, I always wish for Monday to just fly by as quickly as possible so I can move on with the rest of my week. In my head, if I can just get through Monday the rest of the work week tends to fly by and I am one step closer to my Friday! But Monday is the zone where I’m still day dreaming about how wonderful the weekend was with no worries directed towards work, no meetings, or schedules. All that I had on my schedule this past weekend was yoga, physical therapy, baking, running, reading and the movies. (Side Note: Inception was phenomenal!!) So after such a relaxing and carefree weekend, Monday rolls around and brings back all the responsibilities and deadlines and to-do lists. Monday has to start and end good or else the rest of my week feels discombobulated. What better way to start your Monday than with a delicious breakfast treat! I thought for this wonderful Monday morning I’d share this cranberry quick bread in the hopes that it brings a little more cheer to the dreaded Monday!

Here is what you need:


(Adapted from Cooking Light. Makes one loaf pan)

  • 1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup apple juice
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon orange rind (~Half of a large orange)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts

I love making these quick breads for breakfast, one because they live up to their name and truly are ‘quick’, and two, they are just so darn delicious! To start, you want to combine all of your dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Put in the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and give that a good mix with a wooden spoon.

Dry ingredients: flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

In a smaller bowl, combine the wet ingredients. Mix the apple juice, canola oil, orange rind and then lightly beat in the egg. You want to make sure the egg is completely broken down because once you pour the wet ingredients into the dry, it becomes quite difficult to try to beat the egg in!

Wet ingredients: apple juice, canola oil, orange rind, and egg.

It’s time to mix the wet and dry ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients into the larger bowl of dry ingredients and use a wooden spoon to combine. The batter will be on the sticky side and you just want to keep folding and stirring until all the liquid soaks in all the flour and dry ingredients. You can now fold in the dried cranberries, walnuts and raisins. Just make sure everything is evenly spread throughout the batter.

Wet and dry ingredients put together real QUICK!

How fast was that to put together! Everything is now ready for the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease your loaf pan. Pour your batter into a loaf pan and let it cook in the oven for about 50 minutes. The top will get golden, the toothpick should come out clean from the middle poke, and your kitchen should smell wonderful!

Quick bread ready for the oven!

Quick bread after its 50 minute stay in the oven. DONE!

Tell me that doesn’t look absolutely wonderful!! It tasted as good as it looks! Sunday is my usual baking extravaganza in the kitchen. I bake our weekly dessert along with a breakfast treat so that I don’t have to worry about those things during the week. The bad thing about making the breakfast part on Sunday afternoon is that I don’t like to try it until Monday morning. That could be good or bad I guess. So far it’s always been GOOD, because so far I haven’t had any disasters to wake up to! How disappointing to spend all that time in the kitchen, then wake up to the not so anticipated Monday only to bite into a not so great treat. You will have no such worries or disasters with this quick bread!! I promise!

And this really is QUICK to make! I put it together in about 15-20 minutes and it was even quick to blog about! I was able to squeeze it into my morning before I have to get to working! I suggest you try to bake yourself something special to wake up to…it makes the morning that much nicer and if you are always in a scramble trying to get out the door (no time for breakfast moments) you’re an even more perfect candidate for this bread! Slice yourself a piece of this nutritious and delightful bread, pour your coffee, tea or juice to go and you have breakfast on the fly! Happy Monday everyone! For now, that’s cranberry quick bread with raisins and walnuts…in the shell of a nut!

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