One of the gifts I love to give at Christmas is something homemade from my kitchen. Not only is it totally budget-friendly, but I think the receiver appreciates that effort was made and time was spent. Last year I gave my Snickerdoodle Bread. This year it’s Cranberry Citrus Bread. This recipe is so easy and doesn’t use any odd ingredients. Plus it’s delicious.
The first thing you do is chop the cranberries and zest the lemons…then you mix them with a little sugar and let it all set while you prepare the rest of the recipe. It doesn’t call for any lemon juice so I had two zested lemons left over. I hated to put them down the disposal so I quartered them and put them in an old enamelware coffee pot that sits on my stove. I added water, cinnamon sticks and a few cranberries.
Between the bread baking and the coffee pot simmering, my whole house smelled like Christmas. The only thing that would have made the afternoon more perfect was a little falling snow out my window. Can’t have it all I guess!I used disposable pans to bake these little loaves. (I got them at Homegoods but I’ve seen them at Hobby Lobby, Michael’s and Walmart.) They can also be purchased HERE. (aff. link) One helpful hint I got from my daughter…the package says you do not need to spray the pans. That’s not true…if you don’t the loaves stick and you can’t get them out. I sprayed these with a little Baker’s Joy and the loaf I kept for us popped right out.
For wrapping I got clear cellophane bags at Hobby Lobby. I slipped the pan of bread right in the bag, added a tag and tied it off with a piece of ribbon. If you have any fresh greenery around adding a little sprig is a nice touch. It’s all in the presentation you know.
I showed you my initial gift tags in my Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas post. Some of these loaves are for families so I’m using the initial of their last name. I will be back on Tuesday with part two of the gift and of course how I’m putting it all together.