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One of my favorite treats to make and eat each holiday season is Pumpkin Cranberry Bread. It’s a flavorful, moist loaf of bread that combines the best flavors of pumpkin and cranberries. It’s not only a delicious treat for your family, but it makes a wonderful homemade gift.
Recently, I had the opportunity to try a Pacific Foods kit, including :
If you’ve spent any time around here at Organized 31, you know that we try to live a green life. If you ever visit my house on trash day, you’ll see that my trash bin is 1/3 the amount of recycling bin. We make deliberate choices to purchase green packaging and to recycle everything we can. (oh, and you know, I also like repurposed craft projects). When I learned that Pacific Foods uses Tetra Pak cartons, I was thrilled. Their products come in cartons that use 1/3 the packaging of cans.
In addition to reducing the impact on the environment, I was thrilled that the packaging is square (or rectangular). You may remember how much I I like square containers for organizing and maximizing storage space. Did you realize you can get so many holiday meal ingredients in a carton? Now that I know, just imagine how beautifully organized my pantry will be!
I found opening the cartons much easier than pulling out a can opener and worrying about sharp edges on the lid of the can. With the carton you just push the 4 corners together, tear off the top (or cut with scissors) and open the package.
Once I was done marveling over the packaging, I got right to mixing up my bread.
3 cups all-purpose flour 2 1/2 cups sugar
2 tsp baking soda 1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon 1 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs 2/3 cup water
16 oz pumpkin puree 16 oz cranberry sauce
Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and spices in a large bowl. Add remaining ingredients (expect cranberry sauce), mixing well. Gently fold in cranberry sauce.
Pour batter into well-greased loaf pans (I used 1 large and 3 small pans). Bake at 350F for 45 minutes for the small loaves and 1 1/2 hours for the large loaf or until toothpick tests done. Cool 10 minutes in pan and then remove to wire racks to cool completely.
The bread was a big hit with the family and as my son commented, “I like the tart taste of the cranberries with the pumpkin.”
Thanks to Pacific Food and Tetra Pak, the pumpkin puree and cranberry sauce were fresh tasting and I love the packaging. I’ll definitely Become Carton Smart and invite you to join me in being #CartonSmart. You can make deliberate choices to make smart recipes using ingredients in cartons and by entertaining with recipes that make great tasting food with little waste. Be sure to Become Carton Smart and Follow #CartonSmart on Pinterest or Tweet @CartonSmart. What will you do this holiday season to be #CartonSmart?