Well this past Sunday morning was the day. I grabbed the bag from the frig and noticed the recipe on the back of the bag for Cranberry Nut Bread. I was thinking muffins mainly because they do not take as long to bake and I was already anticipating a warm muffin with my morning coffee.
Looking over the recipe on the back of the bag I noticed that it called for orange juice, which I normally do not have on hand but just happened to have. Last weekend I had made a fruit salad for company that called for orange juice mixed in the sour cream (and it was like a dreamsicle – so yummy). The remainder was just sitting in the pitcher just waiting to be used.
The bag also called for chopped nuts. I used walnuts, but you could use your favorite or if you are not into nuts, then just leave them out. Walnuts are one of those super foods that are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, minerals, and iron. Did you ever notice that the shell of a cracked walnut looks like a brain? No wonder they are so good for you, right?
Well here is my version of this wonderful recipe. The combined flavors of cranberry, walnuts and oranges is a melt your mouth fall flavor. Delish I will also mention that after I rinsed and drained the cranberries, I simply put them in my blender and pulsed them a few times to get the desired chopped consistency.
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 ½ t baking powder
- 1 t salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¾ cup orange juice
- 2 T vegetable oil
- 1 T grated orange peel (I just used dried, but fresh would be wonderful as well if you have on hand)
- 1 egg, well beaten
- 1 ½ cup Fresh or Frozen Cranberries (I used ½ bag of Ocean Spray brand, but any will do)
- ½ cup chopped nuts
Preheat oven to 350F. Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a medium mixing bowl. Stir in orange juice, oil, orange peel and egg. Mix until well blended. Stir in cranberries and nuts. Divide in to 12 lined muffin tins. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the trusty toothpick inserted in the center muffin comes out clean.
Cool on rack 15 minutes.
Then pour yourself a fresh cup of java and enjoy!