Being pregnant is the best excuse in the world to eat what you want, and also the worst. Of course you want to feed the little bugger only organic vegetables and fruits with a side of free range eggs and meat but sometimes the hormones will only allow you to eat what appeals to you right then. I go back and forth between eating healthy smoothies and drinking vegetable juice to indulging in cookies and ice cream. People ask about cravings a lot when you’re pregnant. For the most part, aside from that time when I drove way out of the way to Sweet Potatoes to get their Thursday Fried Chicken lunch special (and it was so worth it), I have been craving fruit, all kinds of fruit, and more fruit.
In the spirit of the season, and my extreme love of fruit, I decided to experiment with cranberries and my favorite fruit of late, oranges. I wanted a sweet bread but not too sweet, just enough to balance out the tartness of the cranberries. I hope I succeeded, let us know what you think!
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup light brown sugar
1.5 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 bag (12 ounce) of fresh cranberries (you could use less if you’re not big on cranberries but they cook up nicely)
zest of 1 small orange (or half a large one)
juice of 1 small orange (or 1/2 cup of orange juice)
1 cup milk (whole or 2%)
1 egg, lightly beaten
4 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
1. Preheat oven to 350. Mix your dry ingredients (flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda) together in one bowl.
2. Mix your wet ingredients together in mixer (by hand works too). Add in the dry ingredients, mix lightly, until dry ingredients are incorporated.
3. Coarsely chop the cranberries. Fold the cranberries into the batter. Pour batter into a buttered and floured bread pan.
4. Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
I highly suggest enjoying this bread with butter and large steaming mug of tea. Now if you’ll excuse me, I think there’s some more fruit I need to eat.