Sunday, December 18, 2011

Holiday Traditions: Yule Blog Party

Greetings all and I hope your holiday season is all that you hoped for. Today in keeping with Astraea Sapphire's blog party, we are talking about traditions.

When I think about traditions, the first thing that comes to mind is making Cranberry Bread to kick off the holiday season. My recipe comes from Virginia Hospitality, a cookbook I used very heavily when I lived in Virginia. 

Christmas Cranberry Bread

2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon soda
1/2 cups nuts, chopped
1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, chopped (I use them whole)
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup orange juice
2 Tablespoons salad oil

**I add extra cranberries and a bit of orange zest to liven it up a bit.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift dry ingredients together. Stir in nuts and cranberries. Add remaining ingredients and blend until thoroughly moistened. Bake in greased, floured loaf pan 50 minutes or until golden brown.

** I usually add extra whole cranberries and a few walnut pieces to the top of the loaf to make it more decorative.

I hope this recipe will help add a new tradition to your holiday celebration. May you all have a Merry Yule!


  1. Thank you..& a merry Yule to you & yours.

  2. YUM! Looks delicious!

  3. Oh wow this looks so festive and so yummy! Thank you for sharing the treat of your tradition! Happy Yule and Merry Christmas!

  4. Oh my that looks delicious!!! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Very colorful. Looks delicious.
    I bet it makes the house smell wonderful too.

  6. OH MY that looks delicious YUM

  7. Oh yummy! I LOVE cranberry bread, and my mom used to makes some amazing breads! This year I found Pepperidge Farm put out their own cranberry bread... but its not nearly as good! Its just not the same unless its home made!

    Visiting from Yuletide Blessings Blog Party!


  8. You should have started this post with a warning about how licking one's screen might be a side effect. Yum! what a delicious tradition!!!

  9. Cranberry orange tea Loaf is a LONG standing tradition in my family, but since it is a "family only" recipe. I did not write about it.
    There are some similarities between mine and yours :)
    you are making me hungry, Dana!!
    blessed yule!

  10. Wow, those look incredibly delicious! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.

  11. Oh that looks yummy, cranberries have just gone on my shopping list. Thanks for the recipe.

    J x

  12. Oh yes, cranberry bread is a *must*! I'm from Massachusetts and we grew up around bogs. It just isn't the holiday season without cranberry bread. :)

    Happy Solstice and Merry Yule!