Sweet Bread: Classic Holiday Cranberry Nut Bread

posted by Mai 11-21-102 7:05 AM

Classic Holiday Cranberry Nut Bread

3 cups all-purpose flour
3 cups granulated sugar
1 tablespoon grated orange rind
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup vegetable shortening
1 cup orange juice
2/3 cup light molasses
1/3 cup Canola oil
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
1/2 cup shredded carrots
2/3 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan.

In a bowl, mix together flour, sugar, orange rind, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, ginger, allspice and cloves. Add shortening, orange juice and molasses. Beat 2 minutes with an electric mixer at medium speed, mixing thoroughly. Add eggs and Canola oil; beat 2 minutes more. Stir in cranberries, carrots and pecans.

Pour into pan; bake 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Makes 8 to 10 servings.

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