I love this flavorful easy Quick Bread. The name says it all. Back in the day when people still were socially interacting with their neighbors Ladies would without a doubt serve somekind of after dinner and dishes Snack for the adults. The coffee and Tea was served, the cigarettes were burning, and Little Johnny was sent to his room to dream about one day walking on the moon.

Quick Breads was were I started my passion for baking. I recieved a book Called “The Ladies Who Lunch” cookbook and immediately fell in love with every bit of the writings and recipes.

I’m against eating on the run, but this bread is a great travel companion. I have also switched up the dried fruit in these breads. You could also add honey or nuts. Play around and have fun! And they can also be frozen and taken out for anytime.

2 cups sifted flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup sugar *
2 eggs beaten
2 tablespoons butter ,melted
2 tablespoons hot water
6 tablespoons orange juice
1/4 cup or more Orange rind
1 Cup dried cranberries cut up

* I used half the requried sugar
** 1/2 cup chopped nuts optional

Preheat oven 325°
Whisk and then sift dry ingredients together. Combine egg, butter, hot water, orange juice, and orange rind. add to dry ingredients mixing throughly.
Fold in cranberries. (if using nuts add them as well)
Pour batter into greased 9 x 5 loaf pan
Bake for one hour.
Test with a toothpick .image

Adapted from the cookbook “Ladies Who Lunch”