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fresh cranberry brown-sugar bread

cranberry bread

This weekend was the annual Middleburg Christmas Parade. This was our fourth year participating (in as many years as we’ve lived here) and it’s already become a Christmas tradition. Our school has a float in the parade each year; we’re always riding in it or walking behind it, tossing candy to the crowd. It’s great fun – I already can’t imagine Christmas without it!

We were the very last float in the parade this year so it was tough to get many pictures (we essentially missed the entire parade). But we did see a few go by as they were heading to get in line. This was one of my favorites:

middleburg christmas parade

The horses are gorgeous, aren’t they?!

My niece came to visit over the weekend so we were lucky to be able to bring her along. The girls had a great time on the float:

middleburg christmas parade

Any guesses as to what our school mascot is? ;-)

Even though we were last, don’t feel too sorry for us – this was our view while we were waiting:

middleburg christmas parade

That’s Beth, on the right, hanging off the truck that was pulling our float. She’s always got a smile on!

middleburg christmas parade

middleburg christmas parade

middleburg christmas parade

middleburg christmas parade

Did you notice Santa in his sleigh? Turns out he ended up bringing up the rear so we weren’t the very last after all. Do you see now why I love where I live so much? It’s beautiful and filled with such great people.

All that parading around left us hungry. Thankfully we had some of this fresh cranberry brown-sugar bread left for us. It’s really, really good. Especially if you make a grilled cheese using slices of brie! { <——- Seriously…do that} It’s a quick bread – and there’s a reason they’re called “quick”. Mix up the batter, toss in the cranberries and bake. Couldn’t be easier. The brown sugar sprinkled on the top is a must. It will be your favorite part for sure.

fresh cranberry brown sugar bread

I like to wrap some parchment paper around it and add a ribbon for Christmas gifts, too. I hear Santa likes it, too :-)


Fresh Cranberry Brown Sugar Bread

  • 4 T butter, melted and cooled (unsalted)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar, divided
  • 1 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Mix flour, 1 cup brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Combine butter, egg, and milk in another bowl. Add wet mixture to dry mixture and stir just until combined. Fold in cranberries.
  3. Pour batter into loaf pan and sprinkle top with remaining brown sugar. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of loaf comes out clean, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack; let bread cool 15-20 minutes. Invert onto rack, then immediately turn right side up to cool completely.



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lynn @ the actor's diet

Friday 11th of January 2013

this looks so easy (and yummy) can't wait to try!

the wicked noodle

Friday 11th of January 2013

Thanks lynn!

Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles

Wednesday 12th of December 2012

I adore quick breads. And cranberries. And brown sugar. And you made a grilled cheese with this?!?! Awesome!

the wicked noodle

Thursday 13th of December 2012

Thanks Brenda!


Saturday 8th of December 2012

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Friday 7th of December 2012

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Thursday 6th of December 2012

fresh cranberry brown-sugar bread via @thewickednoodle