Monday, December 1, 2008

Cranberry-Vanilla Oatmeal Bread

What an amazing addition to a bridal shower this would be! :)

Crushed Cranberry-Vanilla Oatmeal Bread (Recipe by me)

1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 cup milk
1/3 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla paste
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts, toasted

Place the cranberries in a food processor, along with the granulated sugar, and pulse until chopped. Set aside for 20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a loaf pan.

In a medium sized mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Whisk in oats and brown sugar until combined.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, butter, milk, applesauce and vanilla paste until well combined. Stir in flour mixture until just combined. Gently stir in nuts and cranberries until combined. Pour batter into loaf pan, and sprinkle with additional oats and turbinado sugar (optional). Bake at 350 degrees F, for 50-55 minutes, or until golden brown.
Cool in pan completely before removing to slice.

Makes 6-8 servings

[From Sugar Plum]

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