the first dessert I baked for my then-fiance was red velvet cake, and he was hooked...I love to cook, and my 3 daughters are following in my footsteps. This is a collection of recipes that we love. Feel free to comment - good, bad, indifferent - if you try any, let me know how they turn out.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Cranberry Orange Bread from "Cranberry Thanksgiving"

One of our favorite books is "Cranberry Thanksgiving" by Wende and Harry Devlin - we read it every year, and then we make this bread. It is SO good - I've made it in a 9x5 loaf, plus in mini-loaves.
    • 2 cups flour, sifted
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/4 cup butter
    • 1 eggs, beaten
    • 1 teaspoon orange rind, grated
    • 3/4 cup orange juice
    • 1 1/2 cups raisins, we don't use raisins (optional)
    • 2 cups fresh cranberries, coarsely chopped


  1. Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda together.
  2. Cut in 1/4 cup butter until mixture is crumbly.
  3. Add egg, orange peel, and orange juice and mix until mixture is evenly moist.
  4. Fold in raisins and cranberries.
  5. Spoon into a greased 9 x 5 x 3 loaf pan.
  6. Bake at 350°F for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until toothpick in center comes out clean.


  1. I remember doing this! The cranberries were so tart, for my taste! I think if I were going to try this again, I'd use dried cherries or craisins.

  2. After you mentioned this book back in October, I went and looked for it on Amazon and found a used copy for not too much money. I still can't believe I was finally able to put a name to the book that was just a vague childhood memory!