Cranberry Orange Quick Bread

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Wow -- how is it suddenly Thanksgiving season?! I am still keeping all my pumpkins and cornstalks, but sadly taking down the spooky Halloween decor in favor of pilgrims, indians, and turkeys. Time to bust out the cornucopias, folks, because it's November!

Consequently, I'm beginning to plan the menu for Thanksgiving. In addition to a giant turkey, one of my favorite parts about this particular holiday is the cranberries. But I don't like mine in gelatinous form, I'd rather them in baked goods. This is a bread recipe my mom has been making for years, it makes a great hostess gift or little something for your neighbors.

Usually, the bread looks much more pale. I tried modifying the recipe a bit, including honey instead of some of the sugar. Also, I tried blending my cranberries instead of coursely chopping them and that was a fail. Definitely just chop the cranberries, I think the shredded skins also added to the color of my bread deepening. I'm going to include the original recipe, just know yours will appear a bit lighter than mine does -- and that's fine. Actually, a good thing!

Cranberry Orange Quick Bread

(makes two loaves)

2 tablespoons orange zest
1 cup fresh squeezed OJ (the oranges in this week's box were perfect and juicy for this)
5 cups all-purpose flour (I actually used the Daisy Pastry flour from WGG and it rocks!!! So light!)
1 cups sugar
1 1/2 Tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs
8 tablespoons butter, melted
5 cups fresh cranberries, coarsely choppedcoconut oil, for greasing the pans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two 9x5 inch loaf pans. In a large bowl, combine, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In your mixer, beat together eggs, melted butter, orange peel and orange juice. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the mix. Fold in cranberries.

Pour batter into loaf pans. Bake for one hour or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool in the pan for a few minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.