Friday, December 14, 2007

The Christmas Kitchen, Part One

Last night a writers' group I recently joined had its Christmas meeting. The venue was the home of one of the long standing members. What to bring? I wracked what is left [after the assaults of this past year] of my brain. It seemed like the perfect incentive to kick-start some holiday baking, so I decided on some cranberry orange nut bread that has gone over well in previous years. No problem. I’d knock out a loaf in no time flat. Until I started to think….

“If I’m going to have all the ingredients out all over the counter, I might as well make it REALLY worth while!”

So out came my three largest bowls and the assembly line began.

First -----2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp baking soda………..measured into each bowl.

Into each bowl of dry ingredients I cut 1/3 cup of butter.

In each of three smaller bowls I beat
1 egg, with
2/3 cup of orange juice and
1 tsp finely grated orange peel.

Three more bowls each held
1 ½ cups of halved cranberries and
1 cup coarsely chopped nuts [I used walnuts.]

All that remained was to add the juice mixtures to the dry, then stir in the cranberries and nuts, gently, and only just ‘til moistened.

Three lightly greased 9x5x3 inch loaf pans stood waiting in the wings. The oven was already at 350 degrees. In they went for 65 minutes. If I didn’t have to clean up after myself I’d cook or bake all day! What I need is my own cooking show on TV. Then I could play all day and let the help handle the aftermath! If wishes were horses……how does it go?......fools would ride?

One loaf was wrapped prettily and duly delivered to the host last evening, one was stashed in the freezer for when Liz and company drop in next week, and I’m heading to the kitchen now to have a slice of the third with a cup of tea. Wish you could join me…..I might manage some Christmas spirit here after all!


meggie said...

I would love to share a slice of that with you! It does sound delish!
Yay for a visit from Liz & Co!!

Birdydownunder said...

glad I am the second here, a slice for me please, I have my own green tea bag. will you join me in kicking 2007 by the butt out and hoping for a better 2008. hugs

Anonymous said...

Count me in for a slice too.. sounds lush. The writers club must be thrilled to have you. A fun read and a baker!

Anonymous said...

Count me in for a slice too.. sounds lush. The writers club must be thrilled to have you. A fun read and a baker!

Stomper Girl said...

Gosh that sounds good Molly, you production line queen, you. Thanks for the recipe.

Birdydownunder said...

Molly dear, I am very curious about the first book on your list of reading ???
I am half way through The Alchemist and loving it.
Where are you, have you joined Rise on a Sebatical. Come on now ignore the World - Christmas is in our Hearts.

Pam said...

Wouldn't it be great for us all to join you in that kitchen? I'm just off to wash my kitchen floor, personally. I know how to have fun.

Happy Christmas! Love to Liz (or whatever would be appropriate from someone who doesn't really... know her).

Tanya Brown said...

Thinking of you - thank you for all the cheering blog comments lately. I hope you and your family have a lovely Christmas!

Molly said...

Your Cranberry Orange Nut Bread sounds delicious. I hope that you are well and planning The Christmas Kitchen Part Two.