Fresh-baked bread can warm your heart and home

features@beaufortgazette.comNovember 30, 2011 

  • Orange-Nut Bread

    Makes: 2 loaves

    3/4 cup orange juice

    1 cup sugar

    1/2 cup raisins

    1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans

    1 egg, slightly beaten

    2 tablespoons grated orange rind

    2 tablespoons butter or margarine

    1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

    1 teaspoon baking powder

    1/2 teaspoon salt

    1 cup sifted powdered sugar

    1 1/2 tablespoons water

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine first 7 ingredients, mixing well. Stir together next 3 ingredients. Add nut mixture to flour mixture, and stir well.

    Pour batter evenly into two greased and floured 7-by-3- by-2-inch loaf pans. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Cool in pans 5 minutes; turn out onto a wire rack.

    Combine sugar and water, stirring well. Drizzle glaze over loaves.

    Cranberry Fruit Bread

    Makes: 10 servings

    2 cups sifted flour

    1 cup sugar

    1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

    1/2 teaspoon soda

    1 teaspoon salt

    Juice and grated rind of 1 orange

    2 tablespoons melted shortening

    1 egg

    1/2 cup chopped nuts

    2 cups cranberries, cut in halves

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, soda and salt. Combine orange juice, grated rind, melted shortening and enough water to make 3/4 cup. Stir in beaten egg; pour this mixture into the dry ingredients, mixing just enough to dampen. Fold in cranberries and nuts. Spoon into greased loaf pan (9-by-5-by-3 inches) spreading it evenly, making corners and sides slightly higher than center. Bake 45 minutes.

    Orange Butter

    Makes: 2 cups

    1 cup butter

    2 tablespoons powdered sugar

    Grated rind of 1 lemon

    Grated rind of 1 orange

    Juice of 1 orange

    Combine all ingredients; beat with an electric mixer until orange juice is absorbed. Store in refrigerator. Use as a spread on bread, biscuits, muffins or pancakes.

There is nothing better than having the house scented for the holidays.

Some folks like the smell of a Christmas tree; some like the scent of cinnamon and fruit. For me, there is nothing better than the scent of bread baking in the oven. To add to this, there is nothing better than eating bread warm from the oven. Try these recipes and see for yourself.

Port Royal resident Ervena Faulkner is a retired educator who has always had an interest in food and nutrition. Email her at features@beaufortgazette.com.

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