May 17, 2010

festive but flawed

This loaf of bread had such potential. It could've been a star--perfectly pink, terrifically tasty, and oh-so-festive. Alas, things don't always work out as we hope.


See, once upon a time, I had a sugar cookie pizza topped with sweetened cream cheese and a cranberry-orange relish that totally rocked my world. Having blissfully recalled that treat, I decided to incorporate some cranberry-orange relish into a recipe for cranberry nut bread that I had recently seen.

The original recipe called for orange juice and chopped cranberries, but my experiment involved the orange juice and cranberries (and a bit of orange zest) being pureed to within an inch of their lives and folded into the batter. Even before baking, I could tell I was headed down a dangerous road. The batter was uber-thick and a little bit pasty, but I plowed onward (somewhat literally).


The loaf that came out of the oven looked surprisingly lovely and smelled quite appetizing. Sadly, its pretty appearance couldn't make up for the fact that it was extremely tart and not nearly sweet enough for my tastes. The texture was weird too--a little gummy, but not completely off-putting. All in all, although entirely edible and, some might argue, tasty, this is not something I'd recommend or repeat.

Cream of Cranberry Bread
(inspired by this recipe)

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup orange juice, freshly-squeezed (but not pureed with cranberries)(bad idea)
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
2 tablespoons shortening
1 egg, well beaten
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, pureed coarsely chopped
1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.
Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a medium mixing bowl. Stir in orange juice, orange peel, shortening, and egg. Mix until well-blended. Stir in cranberries (coarsely-chopped, mind you)(not pureed) and nuts. Spread evenly in loaf pan.

Bake for 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a rack for 15 minutes.

72 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I'm sorry to hear that this bread didn't meet your expectations! Nonetheless, it looks lovely.

Cheers,

Rosa

Chanel11 said...

You win some, you lose some and you learn along the way - props for still posting it up there.

shaz said...

Ah well, at least it was pretty, and it sounded pretty edible too. I think it's something I would have done tooo (the pureeing part), so thanks for the forewarning :)

Donna-FFW said...

That bites the big one.. you'd think they would have a better choice of recipe to promote their product, huh?

Barbara said...

It happens. Worth the try, don't you think? It could have been a dream recipe...all the good stuff is in there. And it sure LOOKS good.

WizzyTheStick said...

All part of the process:-) recently had a failed gluten free mufffin - meh. Shows we are all only human. BTW got complaints that one of my pics wasn't showing-fixed now thanks for commmenting:-)

cookies and cups said...

Boo, hate that when things don't come out as good as you want them to! The flavor combo sounds yummy though!

Bellini Valli said...

kepp on experimenting Grace. There are just as many successes in the kitchen as there are disappointments.

Queen B. said...

Oh bummer ! I hate it when things don't turn out in my kitchen... but then again , I squeal with delight when I discover something fabulous and add it to our 'FAVORITES AT THE COZY KITCHEN'...
I am going to try your cinnamon roll cake.
I made Clone of the Cinnabon over the weekend, and they turned out fabby.
I will have to try the Pioneer woman version that you posted...
they look good too !

Albany Jane said...

This tart little beauty would be right up my alley! But then again I'm a sucker for anything cranberry.

Slather with honey?

TKW said...

Argh! I hate when I bake for naught. I'm thinking...maybe toast it and slather with sweetened cream cheese?

The Teacher Cooks said...

I do hate it when a recipe fails to meet my expectations. Tart could be good. I like the previous comment and add cream cheese. Hats off to you for posting it!

Lucie said...

Aw, too bad! Did you think of slathering it in maple butter or maple syrup? Or as bread pudding with some added sugar! Well, it's really pretty anyways!

kat said...

Bummer, back to the drawing board

Ingrid said...

LOL, love how you tell in the recipe that this is a bad idea. :)
~ingrid

laura said...

Funny. I recently made a blueberry rhubarb crumble that was nearly inedible. Kudos to you for posting even what you did not love!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Ahh what a shame Grace-it sounded like it had potential there!

Lindsey @ pickyeatings said...

I love that you still share things that didn't come out quite like you wanted...usually I curse, throw it out, and then generally never share it with the world.

Lynda said...

Too bad it didn't turn out as you wanted....I've had things go wrong so many times and it's always frustrating.
At least the successes far out weigh the failures! :)

Bridgett said...

Looks can be deceiving, huh? Sorry it was too tart and gummy but I love the look of it.

Erica said...

It looks delicious!!!!Sorry, you didn't like it!!!!!

Pam said...

Too tart is a bummer... at least it looks really pretty!

Carolyn Jung said...

Mistakes are never a bad thing, though, especially in baking and cooking. We learn so much from them. And sometimes, just sometimes, they magically result in something incredible that we never even planned on.

Robin Sue said...

Oh I have had my share of flops too. That is how I learn a lesson for next time. Pretty color though!

LilSis said...

Your photo actually makes it look like it was tasty! I'd probably still like it since it was so tart! But, since you don't recommend the recipe, I'll wait for one of your huge successes!

Cara said...

aww sorry it didn't work out for you! hate when that happens :(

Melanie said...

Huge bummer - but you can console yourself knowing the loaf has the prettiest color of any bread I've ever seen!

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

Glad you show us your experiments. We can learn, too.

The Blonde Duck said...

You're so brave to post your failures. I throw them out and sulk.

Lydia Stewart said...

I'm glad to know you're human! It seems like just about everything you touch in your kitchen turns to gold... or I guess more appropriately, "turns to fabulously baked goodness!" Proceed, please. Thanks for visiting my blog too- I feel so special- you are famous to me! We're the same age! Fun we love to do the same thing! Wish you could live next door and you could advise me... or better still I could sample what you make. Yesss... that. :)

Faith said...

It's so frustrating when something doesn't turn out as planned in the kitchen. It's such a tease when something looks and smells good but the taste doesn't meet expectations, isn't it? I have to say though, the color of this bread is gorgeous!

Juliana said...

Sorry that this one did not work for you...although it looks pretty :-)

proofofthepudding said...

Alas, indeed. Oh, well. Not every recipe can be a winner. Onward and upward :).

Cookie baker Lynn said...

The picture looks much more like cake rather than bread. Condolences on the frustrating fail. Been there, done that, ate it, too.

Mimi said...

You never know unless you try.
Mimi

foodhoe said...

ooh pink bread! I want a slice of the sugar cookie dough pizza...

Abby said...

I HATE it when that happens. But if it's edible I guess it isn't a complete loss. (That's what kills. The wasting of all that good food!) But I've totally been there.

tasteofbeirut said...

I would just plop some whipped cream on it and voilà! Perfect!
Love cranberries but too much of a good thing is not good I can see.

Silver Strands said...

I don't know Grace ... I'd still eat it :) Thanks for sharing your disasters along with your amazing successes!
xoxoxox
Denalee

Danielle said...

what if you made that bread into french toast? (it seems to be the answer to all, errr....most bread disasters). I think you have a good thing here...keep trying and I'm sure you'll find it :)

Mary said...

Oh dear! Well, at least you were trying out something new. I once forgot sugar all together in chocolate, chocolate chip cookies. They had to become a cookies and cream cheesecake crust instead....Besides, I love the pink color!

Deborah said...

Don't you just hate it when a recipe doesn't work out? At least it wasn't inedible!

Joanne said...

That certainly is pretty and a great concept! Maybe it would be good in some bread pudding? Or covered in some sweet cream cheese or frosting?

Trissa said...

It's too bad it didn't taste as good as it looked! I wouldn't give up hope - maybe you can tweak it and improve and share with us in the future!

Grace said...

I added you cause your name is Grace also and I also am on the discovery of learning to cook! So don't worry if you have disasters! However this doesn't look like one! It looks yummy!

eatme_delicious said...

That's too bad it didn't turn out as you'd hoped but I commend you for so adventurous! I was thinking you could maybe turn it into a bread pudding, as Joanna said.

sweetlife said...

I'm sorry it didn't work out because the color is amazing....i've had many diasters

sweetlife

kimberleyblue said...

Aw well, that's how you learn! The flavours sound awesome though - cranberry and orange will always play well together.

It looks good, so at least there's that! :)

pigpigscorner said...

Sorry to hear about your failed experiment. But it looks good to me, just tell others it's a super moist cake!

msmeanie said...

Sorry it didn't work out for you, but what's life without a few failures, right? I find cranberries to be too tart for me as well.

Sinful Southern Sweets said...

What a shame! It really is a beautiful color. Oh well, at least its refreshing to see that even well accomplished bakers, such as yourself, sometimes have mishaps in the kitchen. Thanks for sharing!

muffinsareuglycupcakes said...

bummer :(
hate it when that happens to me.
its just one of those times.
ah well.
love how it looks though :)

The Dutch Baker's Daughter said...

Of course I'm reading this as my own "experiment" is in the oven. Mine involves a pureed rhubarb/strawberry mixture in a cupcake, lol. If it weren't for our little experiments, life would be pretty boring, wouldn't it? At least your bread looks lovely. My flops aren't nearly as photogenic.

Lori said...

There are sour grapes and there are sour cranberries.

I too have found that I really need to heed the call of my inner chef and baker. It's funny how you kinda have a feeling and then you are right.

Angie said...

I'm sorry it didn't turn out good for you, it still looks good to me though, you can ship it to me, LOL

Pam said...

"Festive but flawed" pretty much describes every holiday in my family.

Maria said...

Sorry it wasn't a favorite!

Jennifer said...

The idea is great, sorry it wasnt a hit for you!

Hungry Dog said...

Well, you tried! That's part of the fun of baking, right?

lisa said...

It sounds like it was a great plan. The cranberry and orange flavors would make me happy, and the chunks of walnuts look great in there!

grace said...

it happens! the bread still looks extremely tasty and full of potential though =)

Angie's Recipes said...

Well, there's always a next time! The bread still looks very charming to me.

Maria♥ said...

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May 20, 2010 4:00 AM

Karly said...

Don't you hate experimenting and failing? So frustrating!

lisa said...

Although this bread was not up to your expectations, it does look lovely and delicious. It's hard when I experiment with a recipe and it doesn't work. I know...it's very frustrating.

Anyway, you have some nice flavors in here, and you always come up with great desserts, Grace. I always say, try again next time, right?!

marla {family fresh cooking} said...

Ha!! I love that you posted this anyway! Someone out there would love this Cream of Cranberry bread, heck it would probably be me! xo

Paula said...

I love the idea of a cranberry/orange bread. It looks good to me! I'd just warm it a bit in the microwave, slather on some cream cheese, and plop that sucker right in my mouth. Mmmm, I can taste it now! :-)

Hornsfan said...

Flawed or not this looks delicious to me!!

culinography said...

Welllll... at least it looks pretty!

5 Star Foodie said...

It looks so pretty, I'm sorry it was too tart :(

~~louise~~ said...

Kudos to you for staying the course no matter what the outcome.

It looks pretty darn good to me. Sometimes, I think, when you have one particular taste on your mind, nothing else will do.

I do hope you will try to replicate that sugar cookie pizza again. It sounds yummy!

Thanks for sharing, Grace...

oneordinaryday said...

Great idea, Grace. Sorry it didn't work out. The pizza idea has loads of potential too. Hope you work that one out and post it soon. : )