Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A Fantastic Quick Bread for Those Special Folks at Your Dinner Table

We've been talking about ways to start children cooking/baking so they will eventually
become real assets to helping get dinner on the table. I mentioned that we started our   kids out making popcorn, then taught them to make brownies, and then quick breads. I remembered one of our favorites, Cranberry Oatmeal Bread and thought I'd share the recipe.
The color of this bread is beautiful, studded with all the bright red cranberries. And the taste and fragrance are rich and comforting. Yum. It's a great way to get the kids learning to cook and bake. Why not have them whip up a batch--some for your dinner and some to take to a neighbor?

Fresh cranberries are plentiful now, they freeze well, and they're a traditional holiday experience, so stock up on a few extra bags. And do you have ideas on ways to get kids cooking, or favorite holiday recipes you'd like to share? Please talk to us--we're all in this together, remember. So until next time, here's to enjoying this incredible bread and making family dinner hour possible!

 1 cup oatmeal
 1-1/4 cups hot water
 3/4 cup butter, softened
 1/2 cup sour cream
 1-1/4 cups brown sugar
 2 Tbsp. grated orange pee
 1 egg
 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1-1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1-1/4 cups chopped cranberries
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 8x4" loaf pans and set aside. In medium bowl, combine oats and hot water, stir, and let stand for 5 minutes. In large bowl, beat butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Add oat mixture, sour cream, orange peel, and egg and blend well. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon and mix gently. Fold in cranberries and walnuts.

Spoon batter into prepared pans and smooth to level. In small bowl combine 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Sprinkle over batter.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 55 to 65 minutes until bread is golden brown and pulls away from the sides of the pan. Cool 5 minutes, then carefully run a knife around the edges of the breads and remove to wire rack to cool. Wrap in plastic wrap to store.


  1. So, I am going to try the Cranberry Bread recipe, and I promise I will clean up as I go. I love this site.

  2. Thank you Shauna. You just made my day!

  3. Wow! Sounds yummy and healthy!


  4. And really easy, Kristin! Try it and let me know what you think.