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Cranberry Loaf
Here’s an opportunity to make use of that left-over cranberry sauce!  You can also use up any candied fruit left over from your Christmas baking.  Or, considering the health benefits derived from cranberries, you may decide to buy a can of sauce any time of year and to make this sweet quickbread recipe.  The recipe calls for a small tin of sauce or half a tin of the regular size that we typically find in the supermarket.  You can double the recipe and make two loaves, freezing one, or refrigerate half of the sauce for a week and make a second loaf later. Visit our pages for recipes using fresh cranberries and dried cranberries . . .
 

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

¼ cup soft butter

¾ cup sugar

2 eggs

1 tbsp grated orange rind

1/3 cup milk

6.5 oz whole berry cranberry sauce

2/3 cup raisins, currants, or glacé fruit

Glaze

1 tbsp orange juice

2 tbsp sugar

1 tsp grated orange rind

Whisk orange juice and sugar together for glaze; drizzle over top of the loaf and sprinkle with orange zest.  Glaze that drips onto the plate may be poured over again, until the top of the cake is covered.
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Place a pan of water on the bottom rack of oven; preheat to 350° F.

Mix flour, salt, and baking powder in a small bowl.

Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl.  Beat in eggs, one at a time, then orange rind.  Stir in dry ingredients alternately with milk, beating until smooth after each addition and scraping down sides of bowl regularly.

Mix cranberry sauce with the dried fruit; stir into batter.  Pour into greased 9x5” loaf pan and bake at 350° F for 60 minutes or until loaf tests done.

Allow loaf to cool for 15 minutes.  Loosen the edges with a spatula.  Turn out onto wire cake rack.  Place a plate or waxed paper under the rack.  Whisk orange juice and sugar together for glaze; drizzle over top of the loaf and sprinkle with orange zest.  Glaze that drips onto the plate may be poured over again, until the top of the cake is covered.  Allow to cool for another half hour.

This loaf is more like a cake than a quickbread and is delicious without butter.

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