In my opinion, it is very important to start your day off right on Thanksgiving. In order to properly prep your stomach for a day full of eating, breakfast is key.
You will want something that is not incredibly filling, but also sends a message to your stomach saying, “brace yourself, it is going to be a big day.” Enter cranberry and pecan breakfast bread.
Besides it having a bunch of my favorite holiday flavors, this bread is quick. There is no addition of yeast, meaning no rising, no kneading, no waiting. You can whip the batter up for this bread in about ten minutes, and after an hour of cook time, it is ready to eat.
And it’s good. Really good. When the aromas of the cranberry and orange start wafting from the oven thirty minutes into cook time, I have to find a way to distract myself from my hunger. I guess I lied about the “no waiting” remark. But for homemade bread, an hour isn’t bad!
2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
12 ounces cranberries
Juice and Zest from one orange
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, pecans, cranberries, orange zest and orange juice.
In a separate bowl, whisk together melted butter, sugar, and egg. Once combined, pour wet batter into the dry. Stir to combine.
The texture of the dough will be slightly crumbly.
Press batter into a greased loaf pan and cook for about 60 to 65 minutes.
Serve with butter or honey.
Honestly, I find myself picking at this bread throughout the day. I most enjoy it smeared with a bit of honey and butter as my dessert after a meal. Of course on Thanksgiving day, there will be so many other desserts that you will definitely want to eat this one for breakfast.
I also think this bread makes a lovely gift. Make a few extra loaves when you bake this, wrap it in a cute red bow, and deliver it to your neighbors the night before turkey day. Not only will they greatly appreciate your generousity, they will forgive you when three large dogs go running through their yard barking at midnight.
Surely that happens to everyone else.
Did I mention that we currently have a small zoo at my parent’s house? Their two dogs, my two dogs, and a cat. I couldn’t stand the thought of Wilson having to spend Thanksgiving in a boarding facility, so he came along. Luckily my parents are just as supportive of my dog fostering as Wes, so they didn’t mind one more. Lucy and Wilson seemed to have developed a serious crush on one another. More on that another day…
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