The table is set, the turkey is in the oven, and the house is clean. The girls spent the morning with their grandparents at the Smithsonian (to share a local secret: it remains open on Thanksgiving, although just about no one knows it does!). Zosia, Ben, and I are watching Mary Poppins (while Lily sleeps). And I for one can think of a hundred things to be thankful of right off the top of my head. What a truly lovely Thanksgiving.
I know today you all are busy baking, roasting, chopping, and mixing. But while I'm thinking of it, I thought I would pass along a favorite family recipe, one that just makes it feel like Thanksgiving for us.
Recipe makes two (9x5) loaves or one large and three small loaves.
2 cups flour
1 c sugar
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
½ tsp baking soda
½ c butter
1 egg, beaten
2 tsp grated orange peel
¾ c orange juice
1 ½ c golden raisins
1 ½ fresh or frozen cranberries, chopped
Sift dry ingredients into a large bowl. Cut in butter until crumbly. Add egg, OJ, and orange peel. Stir until evenly moist. Fold in fruit items. Grease a piece of brown paper and place in the bottom of the greased pan. Bake for 1 hour 20 minutes at 350°F for the large loaf pans, 45 minutes for the small pans. Cover with foil for the last 15 minutes. Cool 10-15 minutes before removing from pan.
Enjoy! And hopefully I'll be back a little later today with another little surprise.