My lovely friend Miya brought homemade cranberry sauce to Thanksgiving dinner. Like gallons of it. It was amazing, but I wasn't entirely sure what to do with all the leftovers. I did make a few epic post-T-day sandwiches with it, but after that, I was out of ideas. And what's a cook to do when she's out of ideas? Why, go to Pinterest, of course. I searched high and low, and then came across this delicious idea. Make bread out of it. It's much the same process as making banana bread, but you use the cranberry sauce instead of bananas. It's really good toasted with some marscapone cheese slathered on top. Or just plain.
Cranberry Sauce Bread - from education.com (which looks like an amazing resource for all you teacher types out there)
2 Tablespoons Softened Butter
1/2 Cup Sugar
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Cup Cranberry Sauce
1 1/2 Cups Flour
Pinch of Salt
First, soften your butter using the most sophisticated of methods - put the bowl on the radiator. Only the best here at Cooking with Milton. Alternately, you can put it on top of the oven as it pre-heats to 350. Or, you can be organized enough to take it out of the fridge to soften (butter not pictured, because it was radiating...).
Add butter, sugars, vanilla, egg, and oil to a bowl and mix.
Then, add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cranberry sauce to the bowl. Mix until incorporated.
Put batter into a well greased loaf pan and bake for about an hour. Allow to cool for at least 30 minutes before attempting to slice.
Slather with butter, cream cheese, marscapone cheese, nutella...whatever makes your heart sing, and eat.
I'm thinking about trying this with some other kinds of jam/jelly. I have several kinds lurking about in the pantry, and since I'm not a huge jam eater overall, I'm thinking that this would be a great use. If you're all creative-like, you can do these in little loaf pans and then tie them up in adorable packaging and give to all your friends and family for Christmas.
Or you can eat it all yourself, I'm not here to judge.
Question of the Day:
What's your favorite way to use up leftovers?