Congregational Coffee Hour Bread
Each bite reminds me how much I love being an adult. When I make this on a chilly Sunday morning, I am truly grateful that I don’t have to stand in an icy church hall every week and make clean small talk while my itchy tights slowly ride down beyond inconspicuous salvation.
3 1/2 C flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 C butter
1 C sugar
2 tbsp grated lemon zest
2/3 C freshly squeezed orange juice
2/3 C whole milk
2/3 C chopped walnuts
3 C cranberries
Cream the butter and sugar until they’re fluffy. Stir in the eggs, lemon zest and orange juice. Once these are well combined, sift in the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Stir the flour into the mixture with one hand while pouring the milk in with the other, in a steady stream. Using either a hand-held or stand mixer, beat the dough at high speed for three minutes. Stir in the walnuts and cranberries. Pour the dough into 2 greased and floured standard loaf pans and bake separately at 350 for 40 minutes.
For maximum parochial presentation, chill the finished loaves for an hour after they’ve cooled, cut into 1/4″ slices, then cut those slices down the middles and fan out on floral stonewear. For Sunday morning heathens, butter a slice while it’s warm and turn on Stephy.