Cranberry Loaf GoodnessNovember 28, 2009
So today I will head out to see the Husbands cousin who just gave birth to a beautiful baby girl Ariel. So that would make the little bundle of joy my second cousin by marriage. I am going with my MIL and SIL so that will be lovely; doing things with family is always nice.
The birth was a fortnight ago now, so lots of the visitors and support has started to dwindle down, not out of lack of love, but out of simply the nature of baby births. Has anyone else noticed that in the first week people are inundated with support but then a few weeks later it all disappears? The new baby glow disappears.
So naturally when I visit I will go baring food gifts! On second thought it is not overly practical, perhaps a casserole would’ve been better? But whilst I enjoy cooking at a heart I am a baker and I can’t help it! It can be eaten as a breakfast or as a snack so it is a diverse food still and its delicious! Though admittedly it isn’t overly pretty with the whole in the side! next time I will do better with that!
• 50g rolled oats
• 300ml milk
• 240g wholemeal self-raising flour
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 170g dried cranberries
• 75g soft brown sugar
• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 3 tablespoons maple syrup
• 1 large egg, lightly beaten
Put oats in a bowl and pour milk over them. If your dried pears are a bit on the tough and leathery side, then add them to the bowl to soak and plump up a little before baking.
Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease and line a 1kg loaf tin with baking parchment, or if you have some ready-made greaseproof liners then those are fantastic.
Stir remaining ingredients, reserving 2 tablespoons of flaked almonds, into the soaked oat mixture. Mix together well and spoon the mixture into the prepared tin. Sprinkle the top with the reserved flaked almonds.
Bake for 45 minutes, until the top is golden brown and it is cooked through (ie a skewer comes out clean.) Cool for 5 minutes in the tin, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Recipe adapted from A Spoonful in Sugar