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 I used this recipe to make our pumpkin bread.

For the Cranberry-orange nut bread, I used the recipe from King Arthur Cookbook

Cranberry-Orange Nut Bread

Preheat oven to 350F

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together;
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
and 3/4 tsp. Salt.

In a medium size bowl, grade the outside of an orange peel til all you see is white, then juice the orange.  Or you can do 1/8 tsp. orange oil and 3/4 cup orange juice.  Combine with that;
3/4 cup buttermilk, sour cream or yogurt.
1 Large Egg
3 TBSP vegetable oil (olive)
Mix.   Add the wet ingredients to the dry.  Mix.  Add;
1 cup of cranberries, fresh, frozen, dried, or roughly chopped
1/2 cup chopped nuts (I used walnuts) (optional)
Pour into a greased 9×5 loaf pan.  Bake bread for 55-65 minutes.  (note; I could get one loaf and one mini loaf with the dough so cook the mini loaf for about 40-45minutes)  Insert toothpink and if it comes out clean, its done.   Remove and cool on rack for 15 minutes, turn it out of the pan to finish cooling.

I finished a book yesterday.  It would make a nice light Christmas reading for fiction readers.   It was called, Til Morning is Nigh by Leisha Kelly
In the back I found some more recipes that I’ll share too, cause I’m gonna make them!

Christmas Sugar Cookies
3/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup butter or Margarine
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
3 cups flour
1 tsp.  salt
1 tsp. baking powder

Cream shortening, butter, and sugar.  Mix in eggs and vanilla.  Mix in other dry ingredients.  Roll out on floured surface to 1/4″  thickness or less.  Cut into desired shapes, place on ungreased baking sheet, and decorate as desired.  Bake at 350 F.  Remove before browned (about 8-10 minutes).  Yield will depend on size of cookies, usually 6-7 dozen.  For iced cookies, decorate after baked cookies have cooled


Date Nut Bread

1 cup dates chopped
2 tsp. baking soda
2 cups boiling water
3 TBSP lard or shortening
1 3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
4 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup chopped nuts

Pour boiling water over dates; let cool.  Mix with all other ingredients and bake in greased pans at 350F for 50-55 minutes.  Makes 2 loaves-1 for home, 1 to give away.

Grandma’s Apple Fruit Bread

2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup lard (or shortening)
3 eggs
3/4 cups cold coffee
1 1/2 cup raisins
1 1/2 cups chopped apple
1 cup chopped nuts.

Sift dry ingredients and blend with lard.  Add unbeaten eggs and beat well.  Flour the fruits and nuts before adding.  Add coffee alternatley with fruit and nuts and stir well.  Bake in 2 large loaf pans (greased) at 350 F for about 1 hour.
Variation:  To make Grandma’s Apple Fruit Cake, add 1 tsp. ground cloves, 1/2 cup candied cherries, and 3/4 cup candied citron.  Also substitute pears for half or mroe of the apples.  Good for family and company.