Sunday, December 4, 2016

Cranberry Apple Nut Bread

I love it when I have something to use up and happen upon a very nice recipe! My apple had seen better days and cranberries were safely tucked away in the freezer so this Cranberry Apple Nut Bread was a no-brainer. My only suggestions would be to add a little more sugar and maybe a bit of orange zest. This is a very tasty seasonal treat, don't hesitate to give it a try folks:@)

Tip: I used my NordicWare Santa pan and it has a lot of detail...

I spooned some of the (very thick) batter into the pan trying to fill in the design before stirring the fruit and nuts into the rest of the batter. This ~should~ help the scene bake up nice and crisp. I did drop the pan on the counter a few times to try to pop some of the air bubbles, next time I'm going to run a toothpick through the batter in the Santa, reindeer and snowflakes before filling the rest of the pan.

While the scene may be a little hard to see in the pics, it is very nice in person:@) 

Cranberry Apple Nut (optional) Bread-from Beyond the Chicken Coop
1/4 C (4 Tblsp) butter, melted
3/4 C sugar-I suggest closer to 1 C
2 eggs
1/2 C apple cider or apple juice
2 1/4 C A/P flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp baking powder
1 C apple, chopped
1 C cranberries, chopped-I measured 1 C whole berries, then cut them in half
optional nuts, your choice, as many as you'd like-I used a palm full of chopped walnuts
optional-if a little orange zest sounds good to you, well, that would be a beautiful thing too
  1. Mix butter, sugar, eggs and apple cider/juice.
  2. Add dry ingredients, mix well.
  3. Fold in fruit and nuts.
  4. Pour into greased (I used a floured baking spray) 9x5-ish loaf pan.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 55-60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Cool in pan 10 minutes, turn out onto rack and cool completely.
  7. Garnish with powdered sugar if desired-I desired:@)
Pour a cuppa and have a happy day!


  1. I have a ton of leftover cranberries and this looks delicious. I'm definitely going to add the orange zest and my favorite nut- pecans. Pecans in everything for me.
    I love these breads for breakfast with a few (6) slices of bacon. ;)

  2. What a pretty loaf pan, Lynn! This is a recipe I know I would love and I do have a bag of cranberries left from Thanksgiving that I need to use soon. Thanks for the tip on filling the design!

  3. I love cranberries this time of year. This bread looks good Lynn. Love that pan by the way!

  4. Cranberry bread is on my to do list this week Lynn, I just might have to add some nuts :) Happy baking!

  5. What a great way to use up ingredients, Lynn. I had cranberries in the freezer, too, and made a cranberry tea cake yesterday. I love your Nordicware loaf pan...such a cute scene!

  6. This looks Delicious! Festive and pretty too. I love cranberries, something about the tart and sweet that is addicting :)

  7. What a fabulous pan!!! The bread looks terrific, too!!

  8. I love desserts like much healthier! Holiday hugs!

  9. Absolutely charming! Something about the browning of a lovely crust around soft, tender baked goods===that scent has a way of evoking Home and Comfort in a manner that's old as Time. And so beautifully, too---the sugary snowdrifts are true icing on the cake.

    Stay well and warm,


  10. I'd love a slice (or two :) with my coffee this morning Lynn! Great idea to run a toothpick in the design before adding more batter and what a great pan design too!


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