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Monday, November 01, 2010

Thanksgiving - Delicious Cranberry Bread & Delicious Book

Thanksgiving Book & Activity for Youth Groups --
Anyone who is hosting or looking for an activity to use with elementary girls or boys may want to consider locating and reading one of my favorite books Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende and Harry Devlin (actually the Devlin's Old Black Witch is my very favorite of their books).  Its one of those treasures that you will find in the library - hopefully and maybe in used book stores.  It's worth the search. 
 Not exactly a "craft" but this is a project I have used with any group old enough to measure.Grandmother's recipe (an element in the story)  is included on the back of the hard cover but not on the paperback.  --
Read the story.  Obtain large plastic or glass containers that will hold 4 cups or use a plastic baggie, and once filled put down in a brown paper bag that has been decorated.  Measure the ingredients in the recipe below,  into a "mix" for the bread.  Include everything but the egg, orange juice, butter, cranberries, and walnuts.  These can be added when the mix is used.  Include a note telling the user to add 1 egg, 1/4 cup orange juice, 1/4 cup butter, 1 & 1/2 cup cranberries, and 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional).

1) Cover  the container's cover with a gingham cloth or tie the bag shut with a ribbon.
2) Put a label on the container "Grandmother's Famous Cranberry Bread" with instructions to add 1 egg, 1/4 cup orange juice, and 1 & 1/2 cup cranberries, 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional).
3)  Print off copies of the recipe, and include a copy  inside a handmade thanksgiving card to present to mother, father, grandmother -- whoever.

This is the recipe you will want to include inside the card so that the family can make more if they wish.

Ingredients • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
• 1 cup sugar
• 1 & 1/2  tsp. baking powder
• 1 tsp. salt
• 1/2  tsp. baking soda
• 1/4  cup butter or margarine
• 1 egg, beaten
• 1 tsp. grated orange peel
• 1/2  cup orange juice
• 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
• 1 & 1/2  cups fresh or frozen cranberries, chopped
Method -
  • Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Add egg, orange peel, and orange juice all at once; stir just until mixture is evenly moist. Fold in cranberries and nuts. Spoon into a greased 9“ x 5” x3" loaf pan. Bake at 350°F for 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack. Slice and serve.-

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