Recipe | "Glazed Eggnog Bread with Cranberries" by Sue Ready


Cook's Notes: Finding these cute little bread bags at a craft fair inspired me to do some holiday baking. Mini bread loaves make great holiday gifts. Wrap in Christmas cellophane and tie with a ribbon. Be sure to attach the recipe. 

The recipe makes 3 mini loaves or 1 standard loaf size. It was easy to prepare. I really liked the flavor. The bread was moist and sliced easily. Recipe adapted from recipegirl.com

Bread Ingredients:
  • 2- 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 2 tsp. baking powder 
  • 1/2 tsp. salt 
  • 1 tsp. Saigon cinnamon 
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg or ¼ tsp. dried nutmeg 
  • 2 large eggs 
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar 
  • 1 cup eggnog (low fat is fine) 
  • 1/2 cup salted butter, melted 
  • 1 tsp. vanilla 
  • 1/2 teaspoon rum extract or 1 tsp.dark rum, optional 
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries, halved
  • 1 TB. sugar mixed with 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
Eggnog Glaze 
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar 
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract 
  • Dash freshly grated nutmeg or regular ground nutmeg
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons eggnog 

Directions: 
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottom and 1/2 inch up the sides of a 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan or 3 mini loaf pans. 
  • In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and set aside. 
  • In a medium bowl, combine the eggs, sugar, eggnog, melted butter, vanilla, and rum  (if using). Beat mixture for 3 minutes. Add egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir just until moistened (batter will be lumpy). 
  • Mix cranberries with cinnamon sugar mixture and gently stir into batter. 
  • Spoon batter into the prepared pan. Bake for about 25-30 minutes for mini loaf pans or 35-40 minutes for standard size loaf pan. Check for done-ness when a toothpick to the center comes out clean. 
  • Cool in the pan for 5 minutes, remove and cool completely on a rack. 
  • Prepare glaze: Combine sugar, vanilla, and nutmeg. Stir in enough eggnog to reach drizzling consistency. 
  • Option: add toasted coconut on top of glaze for contrast. 

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