Cranberry Treats

In order to help out my mom, I took over her task of making treats for a bake sale. Because it's December, she wanted to make the treats holiday themed so I made cranberry-blueberry muffins, cranberry citrus bread, and cranberry citrus muffins. She wanted me to use red and green cupcake baking cups, but  I couldn't find red so I went with blue and green for the Seahawks, as well as some pretty brown cups. All of the treats below are the cranberry-citrus kind, made with this recipe. We deviated from the recipe by making the treats gluten-free and by using grated grapefruit and grated orange rind. Northwest Pearls: Cranberry Treats

The bread before it was put into the oven.

Northwest Pearls: Cranberry Treats

The finished muffins.

Northwest Pearls: Cranberry Treats

I also made some Apple Roses, which I'll show you in another upcoming blog post. Those apparently had people arguing over who would get them. I'm pretty proud of how they turned out. I saved a few treats for myself and have been enjoying them.

Is there anything you enjoy baking?

Zucchini Bread

Northwest Pearls: Zucchini Bread In my mother's recipe box, there's a 3x5 notecard with a recipe for Zucchini Bread typed out on it.

My sister thinks it's coffee cake, she wouldn't have tried it if we'd told her it was Zucchini Bread.

It's more of a cake than a bread, a ridiculous amount of sugar goes into the recipe, but it's delicious. I've been eating it for breakfast.

The recipe calls for:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup of oil
  • 1 3 cups of sugar
  • 2 cups of peeled and grated zucchini
  • 3 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 3 cups of sifted flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 3 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of chopped nuts
  • 1/2 cup of combined raisins, currants, and dates (optional, my mom substitutes these for chocolate chips.)

First you beat the eggs until foamy. Then add oil, sugar, zucchini, and vanilla. Mix well. Then add the flour, salt, soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nuts, and raisins, currants, and dates. Pour batter into two greased/buttered loaf pans.

Bate at 325 degrees for 1 hour.

Recipe makes two loaves.

Northwest Pearls: Zucchini Bread

Let me know if you try it and what you think!