Banana Cranberry Bread-Recipe

As I was looking through my recipes in preparation for Thanksgiving dinner last week I came across this one for Banana Cranberry Bread. It’s a bread we used to eat when I was a kid but I had forgotten about. Grammie Calden’s Banana Cranberry Bread. I love my cooking heritage and the long line of home cooks who have passed down recipes for generations. You can rarely go wrong cooking recipes that are grandmother-years-old, right?

I decided to make this bread for Thanksgiving dinner, and it was just as good as I remembered it to be. I made mine with All Purpose Gluten Free Flour and it was just as good as when baked with regular all purpose flour. We always serve these “fancy breads” with softened cream cheese. It pairs so well with a Turkey dinner. Or dessert.

Or breakfast.

Or dessert’s dessert.

Or a stick of cream cheese.

However you eat this, if you like cranberry sauce and bananas and bread I’m guessing you’ll like this.


1 3/4 cup All Purpose Flour

3/4 tsp. baking soda

1 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar

1/2 tsp. salt

1/3 cup shortening

2/3 cup white sugar

2 beaten eggs

1 cup mashed banana

1 cup cubed Ocean Spray jellied cranberry sauce

optional: 1/2 cup chopped nuts

To Do: 

  1. Mix Together dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl cream together: shortening, sugar.
  3. Remove jellied cranberry sauce from can and cut into small cubes. You will need one cup of cubed sauce.
  4. Add beaten eggs one at  a time and continue mixing.
  5. Add dry ingredients. Blend well.
  6. Add mashed bananas and mix.
  7. Fold in cup of cubed cranberry sauce.
  8. Add mixture to a greased bread pan (8×4 pan).
  9. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 55 minutes or until inserted knife comes out clean.
  10. Cool on a cooling rack before cutting.
  11. Serve warm or cold, with cream cheese, butter or just plain old plain.

*This bread will freeze well.

The only picture I have of this bread is blurry. Wrong setting on the camera and I didn’t take time to notice until now….but you get the idea…banana bread with hunks of cranberry sauce. What isn’t there to love?






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