Right before Thanksgiving I managed to grab a couple extra bags of fresh cranberries. I knew that I was not going to be able to use them right away. Instead, I washed and dried them.
Then, I placed them on a cookie sheet spreading them out to ensure that most of the berries were not touching. Next, I placed the cookie sheet with the cranberries in the freezer. Once they were frozen I packaged them into 1 cup portions.
The other day I found a recipe tucked away in drawer that I had wanted to make over the holidays. It was a cranberry orange quick bread recipe from Sunset. I believe the original recipe called for dried cranberries.
I just could not resist using the frozen cranberries I had in the freezer. I thought about defrosting them ...for about a second and decided it was not necessary (the frozen berries did not affect the outcome of the bread).
I know cranberries are now out of season, but I see bags of them in the freezer aisle all the the time. So, if you're feeling a little nostalgic about the holidays then by all means pick up some frozen cranberries.
This quick bread recipe will not disappoint. It's buttery, moist, and tart. The Grand Marnier glaze on top is divine. The recipe said that it yields 2 loaves but I managed to get 3 good size loaves. Just remember that as you divide the batter amongst the pans.
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One Year Ago: Kugelhopf