Cranberry Cushaw Bread*

I am flying out to California in a little over 24 hours. I have nothing packed, I need to do laundry, I am pretty sure the cats are out of food, and I am not even really sure if my flight leaves in the morning or at night.

However, thanks to this little gem, I am now seriously going through the list in my head of things I was planning on packing. Because if I get a note in my bag next to my spanx saying “Get your grub on girl!”, I may very well have to drive back home from California.

I was already a little nervous about what to wear to the airport. The last time my Mom and I flew to Texas, she wore a pair of jeans that had a couple of studs along the pockets. We were going through security and they pulled both of us to go through the new stand like your getting a spray tan booth or scanner or whatever they are calling it. You know what I am talking about. That new thing that people were getting all upset about because they thought you could see them naked. Which, by the way, I looked and you can’t actually see someones naughty bits. It’s just a boring outline of your body. Boo.

But annnnyyyways, so my Mom went through the scanner first and because of the studs on her jeans, they had to check her for “fake buttocks”. The checking for a fake ass included a nice feeling up and checking for bomb residue on her hands. So obviously, wearing jeans (i.e. the only thing clean) is out of the question. Unless I want to be felt up…which might be nice depending on the TSA agent I luck out with.

So after considering my options, I am thinking I may go ahead and just slide in some slices of this Cranberry Cushaw Bread along the top of my suitcase. It will serve the main purpose, like to distract a nosy TSA agent, and provide a tasty snack for when Jorge is undoubtably late to pick me up from the airport. As for the jean issue, at this point I am just considering wearing my swimsuit. At least then they won’t be worried I have “fake buttocks”.

This Cranberry Cushaw Bread is a wonderful change from the Pumpkin Breads that are so popular this time of year. It is just as moist as all of your favorite quick breads, but has a lighter flavor. I used half whole wheat and half all purpose flour to make it a little more acceptable…but of course I also added brown sugar and regular granulated sugar. Ying and yang people, a little of both.

If you haven’t been able to find a cushaw yet, don’t fret! You can still try out this recipe! I personally think that this particular recipe would go wonderfully with pumpkin or apples! Apple Cranberry Bread? Oh ya!

If you are using Pumpkin, you will need to add in a couple of tablespoons of milk since cushaw puree has more liquid than canned pumpkin. If you are adding applesauce, make sure it is natural and unsweetened! Happy Baking :-D

 

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Cranberry Cushaw Bread

Yield: 1 loaf

Cranberry Cushaw Bread is the perfect escape from all of the typical Pumpkin recipes at this time of the year! Enjoy this delicious bread over coffee in the morning or for dessert at night while standing over the kitchen sink. I promise, it goes great both ways.

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon all spice
a pinch of cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup cushaw puree
1 1/2 cup fresh or frozen whole cranberries
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and line a 9 inch loaf pan with parchment paper, leaving 1 inch of parchment paper hanging over two sides of the pan. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the first 9 ingredients.

In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, vegetable oil, and vanilla. Add brown sugar and cushaw puree, whisking until well combined.

Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients into the center. Using a large spatula or wooden spoon, gently fold together until there are no lumps. Then carefully fold in the cranberries and pecans.

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 55-65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Be careful not to over bake this bread or it can become dry. Let bread rest in the loaf pan for 20 minutes before removing.

Slice and serve warm with a smear of butter or store it in an airtight container for up to a week. You can also wrap it super tight in saran wrap and then a layer of foil and freeze for up to 3 months! It's a totally go with the flow type of bread. :-)

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11 Responses to “Cranberry Cushaw Bread”

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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — October 26, 2011 @ 1:12 am

    Omg that bread looks…amazing. I love the cranberries and I don’t have any cushaws on hand but I do have applesauce and enough pumpkin puree to tide me over til 2018.

    Where in CA are you going to be?

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    Kathryn — October 26, 2011 @ 4:19 am

    I love anything with cranberries in and next time I go to the magic grocery store that sells everything I could possibly want and have never heard of, I’m going to look out for some cushaws so I can recreate this at home!

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    Choc Chip Uru — October 26, 2011 @ 5:16 am

    How utterly awesome! Can’t wait to dig my wooden spoon into this!

  4. 4

    Katrina — October 26, 2011 @ 7:10 am

    Mmmm!! This sounds lovely. You’re on a mad cushaw kick and I’m digging it. Happy vacay!

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    Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean — October 26, 2011 @ 8:36 am

    squash bread = genius! looks wonderful. have fun!!

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    The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh — October 26, 2011 @ 8:56 am

    I see a trend this week! :-)

    Yum!

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    brandi — October 26, 2011 @ 1:12 pm

    i love cranberry breads! this is a fun twist.

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    Nicole, RD — October 26, 2011 @ 1:56 pm

    I approve of your priorities…that bread looks delicious!!!

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    Erin — October 26, 2011 @ 3:38 pm

    Fake butts?? Seriously they check for those now? That is actually kind of hilarious, yet sad at the same time that people would come up with that idea to harm other people. But anyway, this bread looks really good but I had never heard of cushaw until now!

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    Joanne — October 26, 2011 @ 9:33 pm

    I had to get felt up at the airport the last time I flew (two weeks ago) because I was still on crutches and opted to request a wheelchair. Not so much fun. My butt got felt up, my boobs got felt up…all by a seriously unfriendly TSA agent. Blah.

    I wish I had had this to give to her…then she may have cheered up.

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    Claire — November 10, 2011 @ 12:05 am

    I have no idea what cushaw is… But I know I want this bread in my belly right now!

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