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Cornmeal Cranberry Orange Bread with Honey


Hi. Can I just talk about something other than this bread for a second? I mean I know that it looks really good and you probably want me to get right to it, but there is something I need to say. Ok, here it is, please pay attention.

Do not ever make or eat cajun shrimp pizza.

Whew. I feel better. I would have saved this for another post, maybe one devoted to the cajun shrimp pizza that I made for dinner tonight. But alas, there will be no such cajun shrimp pizza post because you will all stop reading my blog if you make and eat it. This pizza was such a dissapointment because the different parts of the pizza were amazing. The crust was crispy on the bottom and chewy on the sides, the sauce was perfectly balanced, and the cajun shrimp were spicy and flavorful. The problem occured when I put them all together and baked them in the oven. Thankfully, the pizza was great once you pulled the shrimp off, and the shrimp were great once they were pulled off the pizza. So at least the dinner wasn’t a total loss.

And now we are enjoying slices of this wonderful bread to get the cajun shrimp pizza taste out of our mouths.

Well at least you now know that I too make mistakes in the kitchen. Seriously, it seemed like such a good idea!! Ok, move on Aliza…

So, on to the bread then. I used to think I was obsessed with peaches and berries, and then fall came. I used to think I was obsessed with pumpkin, and then winter came. Now I am obsessed with cranberry and orange, and I’m sure once Spring comes, I will realize that I am obsessed with lemon. I am realizing that I am a seasonal eater, which I consider to be a good thing. I like to eat local and I’ve been thinking about reducing my carbon footprint, so knowing that I am craving seasonal foods just makes me feel a little more green. I realize that I just posted the cranberry orange thumbprint cookies, but I gave them all away and I was still craving cranberry orange. I found this recipe and thought it would make a great quick bread. It was really good. It’s not sweet like a pound cake, but not savory either. It is really good freash out of the oven and even better a few days later. It’s also really good to get the tasted of a bad dinner out of your mouth. (:::Shiver:::)

Cornmeal Cranberry Orange Bread with Honey
Yield: 1 large loaf, about 10 slices
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1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup cornmeal (I used yellow)
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 stick butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup honey
1 1/4 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
1 Tablespoon orange zest (from about 1 large orange)
3/4 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
2 cups fresh cranberries, rinsed

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, cornmeal, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside.

In another smaller bowl, whisk together honey, eggs, buttermilk, vanilla, and orange zest and set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attached, blend together butter with sugar. Mix until well combined, about 3 minutes. Add the wet ingredients and mix until well combined. Then, add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Be careful not to mix too much, it will cause the bread to be pretty tough.

With a wooden spoon or spatula, fold in the cranberries and walnuts. Turn out into a greased loaf pan. Leave about an inch of room at the top to give the bread room to rise. Bake 60-70 min util golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in the pan about 10 minutes and cool completely on a rack.

Adapted from: Joy the Baker

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