This is another of my mother’s great recipes, a moist bread so fresh-tasting with cranberries and orange flavor that you’ll find your day just won’t start quite right during cranberry season if you haven’t had a slice of this for breakfast. But it’s also good for snacks, and a fairly guilt-free snack at that: with only one egg and two pats of butter, it’s low-fat, but with flavor.
Although the recipe makes one loaf, why stop there? All the photos below show me making up two loaves.
To make two, I first mix up the dry ingredients for one batch in the food processor…
…then transfer it to a bowl and start the second batch.
I cut up, then. . .
…pulse in the butter, then follow the recipe as written.
When you finish with one batch, scrape out the bowl well, then pour in the reserved dry ingredients and start again. No need to wash up in between.
Cranberry Bread (makes 1 loaf)
Place in mixing bowl of food processor:
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 scant tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. soda
1 and 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 Tbls. zested orange peel, from 1 large orange
Mix briefly, then add:
2 Tbls. real butter.
Pulse a few times to chop up butter, then add:
1 beaten egg, mixed with 3/4 cup orange juice.
Mix just to moisten. Add:
1 and 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
3/4 cup chopped walnuts.
Pulse 2 or 3 times, stirring in between pulses with spatula, if necessary.
Spoon into greased, floured loaf pan and bake at 350°F for 60 minutes. Cool 15 minutes in pan before removing. Then it should pop right out. Slice, wrap up for the freezer, or to share with a friend, and enjoy!
I used freshly squeezed orange juice.
In front are the reject berries: soft, underripe, or nearly goners.
Maybe I had some leftover buttermilk that first time I made these, or maybe I just wanted some waffles. Who knows? These waffles are from the pages of a well-used, splattered and worn cookbook: The Joy of Cooking. It was my go-to cookbook when I was a young bride of 19-and-a-half, alongside the red-checkered Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook. Years later I laughed out loud when in the movie Julie/Julia, the actress playing Irma S. Rombauer, the cookbook’s author, admits to not testing all the recipes. I’d say this one’s been well-tested in my kitchen and it is a success every time.
Recently we had the grandchildren over and Alex told me he didn’t like waffles. “But, Alex,” I said. “You haven’t had MY waffles.” Above is his response to tasting them: a hearty thumb’s up. He had nearly three. We like them drizzled with warm REAL maple syrup, not that fake stuff in the grocery store (check Trader Joe’s). That habit–of real syrup–was inherited from my father, who had shipped to him six 1-quart tins of real maple syrup from a farm in Vermont every year when we were growing up, and for many years after that.
Plug in your preferred waffle iron to heat. If you are using it for the first time, have a bowl with some shortening in it along with a stiff pastry brush to season the grids. As the Joy of Cooking notes: “Once conditioned, the grids are neither greased nor washed. You may brush the iron out to remove any crumbs. After use, merely wipe down the outside with a cloth well wrung out in hot water.” Last thing from the cookbook: “You may think our waffle recipes heavy in fat. But the richer the waffle dough, the crisper it becomes. With the butter flavor baked in, there is then no reason for butter on top of it.” Amen. Just some warm syrup in a cute little pitcher.
In a large bowl, whisk together:
2 cups flour
1 and 1/3 teaspoons double-acting baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon soda
In a small bowl, beat until stiff, but not dry:
2 egg whites. Set aside.
Using the same hand mixer and beaters, beat in another (separate) bowl until light:
2 egg yolks.
Add and beat:
1 and 3/4 cups buttermilk
6 tablespoons melted butter
Fold the egg yolk/buttermilk mixture into the dry ingredients with a few swift strokes. Fold in the egg whites.
Bake in a prepared waffle iron, using a spoon to catch any excess that may ooze out. After baking, there’s a temptation to open it too soon, and to split the waffle in half. I usually watch to see if it is still steaming, and try and catch it at the end. I lift the upper part with a light touch, and if there is too much resistance, I let it bake a little longer. The only caveat is: if you haven’t seasoned the grids much, it may stick on the top as you raise the lid. Have a fork handy to help it off, then put some shortening on the upper lid to season it some more.
I show above a tradition of my mother’s: adding chopped walnuts, sprinkled over the top of the dough just before closing the lid to bake. She has also added mini-chocolate chips on occasion, but the nuts are my very favorite. Shown above is a Belgium-style waffle iron with big fat grids. Not my favorite.
So, for my birthday my husband gave me an old-fashioned waffle iron with normal grids–more pockets for the syrup to collect in without the waffle getting soggy. The yield in the big waffle iron (shown above) is about 5-6, but they break into fourths, so you can feed a few at once. (But I usually always double the batch for a crowd.) I keep the baked, but not yet eaten, waffles in the oven at about 200 degrees while I’m serving breakfast, then throw the uneaten ones directly into the freezer. After they are frozen, I place them in ziploc baggies and we toast them in our toaster whenever we want a waffle.
I had these scones on the morning of the Royal Wedding–very fitting. My friend Judy had combed the internet for a treat for us to eat while we watched the Royal Wedding off of her TiVo, and combined two recipes to create this yummy treat. She served it with fruit with a yogurt/honey topping and some orange juice. These scones are a little sweeter, said her husband, than anything they’d serve in Britain, and I agree. The texture is more biscuit-like, but I think they are delicious and was happy to have such a treat while we critiqued the hats and swooned over the festivities.
Royal Wedding White Chocolate Scones
1 3/4 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1-2 Tbsp. orange zest
1 stick butter, chilled and cubed (1/4 lb.)
2/3 cup white chocolate chips, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup orange juice
1. Preheat oven to 400º F. Spray a cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and zest. Using a pastry blender, cut it the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the chocolate chips. Gradually mix in the orange juice, one or two tablespoons at a time, to form the dough.
3. Turn out the dough on a floured surface. If necessary, knead briefly to form a compact ball. Pat into a 9-inch circle that is about ½ inch thick. Use a 2 ½-inch biscut cutter to cut out 12 scones, reforming leftover dough as needed. Transfer scones to cookie sheet.
4. Bake in oven about 12 minutes.
This recipe started at The Seven Wives Inn in St. George, UT, a long long long time ago. I asked for the recipe from my father, after I tasted the granola at his house one day–apparently he and Mom had it on a jaunt down there when they stayed at the Inn. I don’t even know if the Inn still exists, at any rate, I’ve changed the recipe over the years to reflect my changing tastes.
8 cups whole rolled oats (NOT the quick kind)
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4- 1/3 cup wheat germ
8 oz raw almonds (1 cup)
8 oz. raw cashews (1 cup)
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
Mix in bowl.
Heat together until bubbly (I put everything in a 2-cup liquid measuring cup, then microwave it for two minutes and stir it well):
5/8 cup water
5/8 cup oil
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup peanut butter
Add 1 tsp. vanilla and pour over dry ingredients. Mix well and spread on two large cookie sheets. Bake in 200 degree oven for about two hours (I switch tray positions after 1 hour and stir a little bit). Store in airtight container. (If it’s a humid day, I turn the oven off and let it sit in there for a while—another 1/2 hour or so. If you live in a dry climate, you may need to adjust the cooking time downward.)
2017 Note: I modified the liquid ingredients to lower the amount of honey. The original amounts were all 1/2 cup.