After several months of business travel, “single girl specials,” and PB&Js, I am so excited to be celebrating the season in the kitchen. And to have a cohort of new recipes to share.  This first one is a great way to use up left over egg nog — while making a sweet treat for the neighbors.

Ingredients:

3 cups unbleached all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
5 eggs
1 cup plus 2 tbs egg nog
1 package of Trader Joe’s Orange Flavored Cranberries*
1/2 cup powdered sugar

How I Made It:

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.  Prepare a loaf pan, or those fancy baking paper loaf pans, and set them aside.

Sift together the dry ingredients (the cranberries don’t count) in a large mixing bowl. Set that mixture aside.

Cream the butter and sugar together in a standing mixer (or with an electric hand mixer).  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating each into the batter completely before adding the next. When everything is nicely combined, turn down the mixer (low or low-medium speed).  Add the dry ingredients in three batches, alternating with the egg nog, until the batter is smooth. It will be thick, but should have no lumps.

Fold the cranberries in with a spatula (not the mixer).  Then transfer the batter to the prepared loaf pans.  You’ll have enough for 4-5 small loaf pans or 2 large loaf pans. (If you use the fancy paper pans, be sure to put them on a cookie sheet to go into the oven.)

Bake for 50 minutes or until a cake tester comes away clean.  Let them cool completely before glazing.

To make the glaze, combine two tablespoons of eggnog with the powdered sugar. Use a whisk to get the smoothest consistency. Use a pastry brush to glaze the top of the cakes.

How They Turned Out:

BEST POUND CAKE EVER!

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The mini-loaves turned out perfectly.  Festive and yummy!

And I’m ever so grateful that the big loaf didn’t quite cook through, even after resting in the oven (turned off but still warm) for 15 minutes after the others were done, because it meant I could keep it.  (Next time I’ll fill the pan just half full).

*I have a friend who enjoys cooking — and eating — food as much as I do.  He introduced me to Trader Joe’s (there isn’t one in Alaska) and now, whenever I go Outside, I come back with an extra suitcase of TJ yumminess.

 

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