Cherry-Berry Bread Mix
This bread recipe makes a delicious holiday gift - either as a mix or baked.
Cherry-Berry Bread Mix:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup quick cooking or old fashioned oats
3/4 cup dried cherries
3/4 cup dried cranberries
Ingredients Needed to Complete Breads:
3/4 cup honey
3/4 cup milk
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) butter or margarine, melted and cooled
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- For Cherry-Berry Bread Mix: In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Add oats, cherries and cranberries; mix well. May be stored in a resealable plastic bag, a decorative jar with lid or other airtight container. Store in cool dry place.
- To Complete Breads: Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Lightly spray 4 (6x3-inch disposable aluminum foil mini loaf pans with nonstick cooking spray.
- Place bread mix in large bowl.
- In small bowl, combine honey, milk, butter and eggs with wire whisk or fork; mix well. Add to dry ingredients all at once; stir just until dry ingredients are moistened. (Do not over-mix.) Pour into pans, dividing evenly.
- Bake 22 to 28 minutes or until tops of breads feel firm when touched and wooden pick inserted near center has a few moist crumbs clinging to it. (Do not over bake.) Cool breads in pans on wire rack.
- Wrap tightly in aluminum foil. Store at room temperature up to 2 days. For longer storage, label and freeze.
Makes 6 mini loaves, or 2 large loaves.
Two Large Loaves - Divide batter evenly between 2 (8x4-inch) greased baking pans. Bake at 350°F (175°C) for 35 to 40 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center has a few moist crumbs clinging to it. Proceed as recipe directs.
Mini Bundt Loaves - Lightly spray six mini Bundt pan cups with cooking spray. Divide batter evenly between cups. Bake at 350°F (175°C) for 23 to 27 minutes. Remove from cups; cool on wire rack. Drizzle with favorite glaze; decorate as desired.
Note: Honey should not be fed to infants under one year of age. Honey is a safe and wholesome food for children and adults.
Recipe and photograph courtesy of the National Honey Board.