Anyways, once again, time has totally gotten away from me and all of a sudden, it's Leftovers Club time again. In case you're new here, welcome, the Leftovers Club is a group of bloggers who send delicious treats through the mail. It's a nice way to get your blog out there and eat. Win-win. Sign up. This month, I was paired with Ginger at Stark Raving Delicious. She sent me some awesome lemon cranberry shortbread cookies. They were also packaged super cutely in a little box with a tag...I have got to up my game here :)
Cranberry Cream Cheese Bread - from What's Cookin' Italian Style
FYI - This makes two loaves, so plan accordingly :)
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
2 cups sugar 2 large eggs 3 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 cups bananas, mashed (about 1 1/4 lbs. or 4 medium)
1 teaspoon grated orange peel1 cup of fresh or dried cranberries1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pre-heat the oven to 350. Grease TWO loaf pans (or one casserole pan, if you wanted to do it cake style) and set aside. Do not try to cram this all into one pan, you will then have to spend 10 minutes staring at it, trying to figure out how to separate it into two pans without making a huge mess (use a small spoon, go slow). This is time you will never get back.
Cream together the cream cheese, sugar, and butter, until smooth. Then, blend in the bananas and eggs.
Add in the other ingredients and mix lightly until just combined - I usually use a whisk or a spoonula for this instead of the mixer.
Divide into two equalish portions and bake until a fork comes out clean - around an hour.
You could add a glaze of some kind to this, if you wanted, but I felt like there was already enough going on with the orange zest and the berries and the bananas. It is actually so good that I don't even feel the need to toast it and add a bunch of crap on top when I eat it (not that there's anything wrong with that). And, as a bonus, 1 cup is about the amount of cranberries left in the bag after you make cranberry sauce #winning.
Check out what my friends made: