Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Pumpkin Bread with Dried Cranberries

Not sure if all of you know this but we are out of town all this week. We did a marathon “Road Trip” and drove from Southwest Florida straight through to the Pittsburgh area of Pennsylvania. My Father-in-Law’s cancer has returned and he has been going through a rough time with the treatment and all so we decided that this Spring Break would be best spent hanging out with the family in PA.

Dakota making snow angels for us! LOL!

So far this has been a great trip. We have been able to lend a hand, a bit of moral support, and help feed the masses! Seems there is always an extra mouth for dinner. How fun is that?

Today I made chili for dinner but also wanted to make sure there was a snack ready for whoever walked in or came to eat dinner with us. There was a half used can of Pumpkin puree in the fridge so it was going to be pumpkin bread and based on all of the other ingredients I found this was the best recipe I could come up with. Turned out really good too, definitely a keeper! Loved the dried cranberries in this!

Pumpkin Bread with Dried Cranberries (adapted from About.com)

Ingredients:
  • 2 1/4 cups AP flour
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups pumpkin pureé (15 oz can)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
Preparation:
  • Combine flour, spice, baking powder, and salt in bowl; stir to blend the dry ingredients well.
  • Combine eggs, sugar, pumpkin, and oil in a mixing bowl, beating until smooth.
  • Stir in flour mixture, then stir in cranberries. Spoon into a greased and floured 9x5x2-inch loaf pan.
  • Bake at 325° for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until a wooden pick or cake tester inserted in center comes out clean.

As Always…

Happy Entertaining!!!

Judy
www.nofearentertaining.com

9 comments:

Maria said...

Glad you are enjoying your trip and the snow! Love the photo of Dakota! The bread looks scrumptious. I love cranberries!I hope your FIL is well.

s. stockwell said...

We loved your Dakota making snow angels...you were angels of a different kind. We are sending good wishes for healthy outcome. best, s

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

This bread looks great and the chili sounds perfect for warming heart, mind and spirit. I know this is a rough trip for you, luckily you have Dakota to lighten up the mood for everyone! :) Bet the girls are loving the snow! Much love to you all and hugs too!

Bob said...

Great shot of Dakota! :D That bread looks awesome, too. Heh.

Bellini Valli said...

So sorry to hear about your father in law Judy. I am sure he will appreciate all of your support and your cranberry bread too:D

melissa said...

Doggie!

Glad you guys are spending time up there, as I'm sure just you all being there is a good thing for him. Even better that you get to help out.

*Big hug*

Ivy said...

Sorry to hear about your father in law and I am sure he appreciates having his family around to support him. Your pumpkin bread sounds delicious.

Half Baked said...

Sorry to hear about you father in law. Your pumpkin bread looks tasty:)

Peter M said...

Welcome back Judy...you must be exhausted but it's good to be home, huh?

The colour of this bread is so brilliant...like saffron!