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Cranberry swirl coffee cake

I use to do a art guild craft sale thing the weekend before Thanksgiving every year for oh…I would say about five years. I did baked and canned goods, some homemade soap and other homemade items. One of the things I truly enjoyed was making banana bread and this amazing cranberry swirl coffee cake. This is not my own making….. A thousand years ago I was at a holiday type party and this was served. Sad thing is I can not remember the lady that gave me this recipe. Needless to say this loaf has always been a hit anytime I have served it or sold it. At one point I had standing orders people wanted ahead of time to purchase and freeze for later. 

Here ya go……and yes this freezes very well for a year. And still taste great. 

  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 pint sour cream
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 can whole cranberry sauce
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 9″ loaf pans greased
  • Frosting
  • 3/4 powdered sugar, 1 tbs warm water, 1/2 tsp almond extract

Heat oven to 350. Mix dry ingredients, in a large bowl cream butter and eggs. Add egg mixture and flour mixture stir and then add all ingredients except cranberry sauce. 

Grease loaf pans….heat oven….I use parchment paper on the bottom for easy removal. Pour 1/6 batter into 1 loaf pan then 1/6 of the can of cranberry sauce, repeat, 1/6 of batter, 1/6 sauce , 1/6 batter. Do the same to next loaf pan. You will have three layers of batter and two of sauce. Spread the sauce with a fork and knife smoothing it gently over the batter….it does not have to be pretty…….the cooking process blends it all in really nice. Bake 350 for 50 minutes. About 8 minutes after the loaf is done flip out of pan, turn upright and make frosting. With a spoon drizzle back and forth thin lines across the loaf……the presentation is beautiful with the narrow lines and red cranberry colors oozing out of the bread. 

Serve warm or cool. This is a true holiday favorite. 

As always we hope you enjoy. 

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