Cranberry Nut Quick Bread

Cranberry Nut Quick Bread is a festive addition to any holiday table.Cranberry Nut Quick BreadHave you ever baked something for the very first time, then asked yourself, what have you been waiting for?  My sentiments after baking my inaugural loaf of  cranberry nut quick bread. My family must have felt the same; they polished off this loaf in less than one day!Cranberry Nut Quick BreadNow, 2 days before Christmas, they’re asking for another. Truth is, it’s so easy to make, anyone can pull it off at the last minute.

The original recipe was on page 54 (yes a carry over from my December Recipe Redux challenge) of the Philadelphia Orchestra Cookbook. Inspired by the Cranberry Marketing  Committee ingredient suggestions for Friendsgiving, I substituted in a small portion of oat flour for some of the all-purpose flour,  pistachios for the walnuts and added ginger (a relative of tumeric). The bread makes a nice last minute gift,  a festive addition to Christmas Eve dinner, or Christmas dessert buffet. Oh, and it is sooo  Santa Claus worthy!!!Cranberry Nut Quick Bread

Cranberry Nut Quick Bread

makes one loaf

by Diane Boyd

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup oatflour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh minced ginger root
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1egg
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 cup pistachios, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup fresh whole cranberries

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

2. Grease and flour a 9″x5″x3″ loaf pan or a 30cm breadmould.

3. Sift dry ingredients, from flour through ginger, together in a large mixing bowl.

4. In a small bowl whisk egg and add orange juice and oil. Stir to combine.

5. Add orange juice mixture to dry ingredients and stir to combine.

6. Fold in pistachios and cranberries.

7. Pour into prepared baking pan and bake for 40-50 minutes or until toothpick inserted into bread comes out clean.

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Crispy Kale Chips with Cheddar

Crispy kale chips  made even better with a dusting  of cheddar.

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Disclosure: I received a free delivery from the Produce Box,  that is mentioned in this post. I  am also member of the Cabot Cheese Board, and receive periodic free shipments of the World’s best cheddar, that is mentioned in this post. I was not expected to write a review  for either The Produce Box or Cabot Creamery. I was not compensated for my time. Opinions are my own. 

Call me a laggard. Kale peaked in popularity  back in 2014. Americans have now fallen out of love with kale… before I even once posted on the vegetable. Geez!

This is why getting a produce box is helpful. In case you too need some help getting out of your comfort zone and getting a  chance to taste produce that you might not ordinarily try.  This week, Robyn, the area manager for the Produce Box, brought me a gorgeous Sprout Box…

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and a few extras…

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Do you see that kale in there? When I first spotted it, I saw kale chips in my families future.

I quickly remembered my husband’s motto,

Make anything, just make sure it tastes good!

 No pressure here! So I decided on a chip ( you cannot go wrong). And of course, everything is better with cheddar!

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And that’s how these happened…Crispy Kale Chips

I’m in love; and I predict you’ll fall back in love with kale when you add some cheddar!

Kale Chips with Cheddar

by Diane Boyd

Ingredients (6-8 servings)

  • 1 bunch of kale, washed and stems removed
  • olive oil
  • minced garlic
  • fresh lemon juice
  • Himalayan salt
  • Cabot’s Cheddar Shake! Powdered Premium Cheddar Cheese

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2. Use paper towels to pat dry kale leaves.

3. In a bowl add 6 kale leaves. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 minced garlic clove, the juice of half a fresh lemon. Use your hands to massage into kale.

3. Repeat above procedure until you have used all kale.

4. Place kale on baking sheets (do no not over crowd.) Sprinkle kale with Himalayan salt.

5. Place in oven and bake for about 12 minutes.

6. Remove from oven when crispy. Serve chips on a platter after dusting with cheddar shake.

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