Thursday, November 12, 2009

Cranberry Pumpkin Bread with Crystalized Ginger

1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
3 Tbsp. butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 Tbsp. yogurt (plain or vanilla)
2 eggs
1 cup pumpkin
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup dried cranberries (fresh or frozen are fine too)
1/4 cup crystalized ginger, chopped finely

Preheat oven to 350. Cream butter and sugars together. Add yogurt, eggs and pumpkin and mix until just combined. Mix dry ingredients together and add alternately with the milk. Mix until just combined. Toss the cranberries in a little flour so they don't sink to the bottom of the pan while baking. Fold the cranberries and ginger into the batter. Pour into a greased and floured loaf pan and bake for 1 hr. 15 minutes, rotating in oven about halfway through. Once the timer reaches 1 hour, watch your bread closely as each oven is different and bread may be done sooner or later. Bread is done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

NOTES:This bread is so good warm, perfect for a fall breakfast with some cider or hot cocoa. If you don't have crystalized ginger on hand or can't find it (I found mine at my local Good Earth & not too expensive), you can substitute 3 Tbsp. freshly grated ginger. However, I think the crystalized ginger in this recipe is what makes it that much better!

*For a variation, replace the milk with orange juice in the batterand and glaze with orange spice glaze once out of the oven: 1/2 cup powdered sugar, dash cinnamon & nutmeg & 2-3 Tbsp. orange juice

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