2 cups bread or all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup shortening
3/4 cup orange juice
1 Tablespoon grated orange rind
1 egg, slightly beaten, room temperature
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
1 cup coarsely chopped cranberries
Sift together flour and dry ingredients in a large bowl. Cut in shortening until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal.
In a small bowl combine orange juice, grated rind and beaten egg. Pour into dry ingredients and mix until just dampen. DON'T BEAT. Fold in nuts and cranberries.
Pour into pans. Let pans sit for 20 minutes.
Heat over to 350 degrees. Bake for 1 hour. Test with toothpick.
Recipe is for one large bread or two small.
This is the first recipe on my Jean's Recipes. We make these bread loafs for our family and for gifts. Every year we make up plates or baskets for our friends, sick, and elderly-both Mennonite and Englishers. In the baskets we put breads, candy, jams and jellies-all made in our home. I haven't counted how many of these we have made a year. David, my husband, says I should keep track some year. Hope your family enjoys this recipe as much as mine does.
Be With God,