Cranberry Banana Bread Recipe

From "The California Heritage Cookbook," the Junior League of Pasadena.

Step 1

In a large saucepan, bring 2 cups sugar and the water to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Add the berries and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes or until berries pop open. Cool. Drain the berries, reserving the juice and measuring 1 cup of berries for use in the bread.

Step 2

Sift together the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. In a large bowl, combine 2/3 cup sugar, the butter, eggs, walnuts, banana and berries. Add the flour mixture to the berry mixture, stirring until blended. Pour the mixture into a greased and lightly floured 9x5x3: loaf pan. Bake in a preheated, 350'F. oven for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Step 3

For a topping (optional) combine the cranberry juice, 2 tablespoons sugar and the Grand Marnier in a small saucepan and stir over low heat until heated through. Poke a few holes in the baked loaf and pour on the topping. Cool 10 minutes in the pan. Turn the loaf out on a rack and cool completely. Wrap in foil and store one day before slicing. Makes 1 loaf.

Nutritional analysis per serving: 360.4 calories; 8.6 grams total fat; (3.8 grams saturated fat); 4 grams protein; 22.4 grams carbohydrates; 71.7 milligrams cholesterol; 169.4 milligrams sodium.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 2/3c Sugar
  • 1c Water
  • 4c Fresh cranberries
  • 1 3/4c Sifted flour
  • 1/2t Salt
  • 2t Baking powder
  • 1/4t Baking soda
  • 1/3c Butter,melted
  • 2 Eggs,beaten
  • 1/2c Chopped walnuts
  • 1c Mashed banana
  • 1/4c Cranberry juice,reserved
  • -from cooked berries,option
  • 2T Granulated sugar,optional
  • 2T Grand Marnier,optional

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