Hello and thank you so much for your kind words and inspiration. I was so moved by all your stories and ideas. I'm so looking forward to hearing more from you.
On Sunday I had a couple of friends coming over for a visit and wanted to serve something warm and yummy. And I wanted to use things I already had. I went to my pantry and found a can of cranberries that had not been used for thanksgiving. I've never made cranberry bread before so I just followed my banana bread recipe and subbed in the cranberries. It worked really well and I think you could substitute any canned or fresh mashed fruit that you have. The best part is that I didn't have to go to the market for anything extra. I know my pantry looks bare, but it really is well stocked with basics like flours, sugars, vanilla and boxed non dairy milks. I was super happy with the way this came out.
1/2 cup soy milk or almond milk
1 teaspoon vinegar
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups banana or other mashed fruit
3 Tablespoons oil
1/2 cup chopped nuts
In a large bowl mix the milk and vinegar and let stand a minute or two.
In a medium sized bowl mix the next 5 ingredients.
Then add everything into the milk mixture, folding in the nuts last.
Bake at 350 degrees for an hour and 15 minutes in a greased loaf pan. Maybe a little longer as the dough is pretty wet. I kept checking with a toothpick to see if it was done.
I actually split the dough into 3 small loaf pans instead of just one normal sized pan.
It still took an hour and 15 minutes for it to bake through. But now I have 2 left that I can give as gifts.
*Also before I put the pans in the oven I sprinkled a little mixture of brown sugar and cinnamon on the top of each loaf.
Chatting with my friends over cups of hot tea and cake was a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon. I didn't worry about putting out a big spread, that kind of thinking will actually keep me from having friends over. This was just right. x