Tuesday, November 2, 2010

From the Kitchen: Cranberry Applesauce Bread & Mini Muffins

Hello moist, delicious quick bread! Welcome to my recipe box…

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Yum. Despite the name, this bread doesn’t taste too much like either applesauce or cranberry. It’s subtle. Or, maybe, sophisticated. Whatever it is, it’s delicious. Not so much healthy, per se, but I’m sure it’s tweakable to significantly lower the fat and sugar content without making it altogether a different recipe. I have a bunch of cranberry sauce around and wanted to experiment with recipes to use it , especially since there’s almost always some leftover after the big holidays. This recipe works! The batter is not pink, like I’d hoped, but it was tasty. The almond extract makes it a nice departure from so many cinnamon-laced quick breads, and it works well as mini muffins when topped with a nice buttercream, like the cherry version shown.

Cranberry Applesauce  Bread

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil (can cut down to 1/2 cup or less)
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 cup canned jellied cranberry sauce, blended smooth (use whole berry sauce  if you want more cranberry flavor)
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup plain or vanilla yogurt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease two 8 x 4 loaf pans.  Beat together eggs, sugar, and oil. Blend in applesauce, cranberry sauce and then yogurt. Mix in flour, baking powder, soda, and almond extract. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake for 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool thoroughly on wire racks.

For mini muffins, spoon batter into paper-lined mini-muffin pan (fill 3/4 full), and bake for about 15 minutes at 350. Cool on rack. Ice with your choice of buttercream frosting, cherry version outlined below.

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 Cherry Buttercream Frosting

  • 8 tbsp butter, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp liquid from jar of Maraschino cherries, or grenadine
  • 2-3 tbsp milk

Cream together butter and sugar, then add cherry liquid followed by enough milk to produce a soft, spreadable frosting. Enjoy!

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

These are absolutely delicious!