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This recipe originally had eggs and butter in it, but I think the vegan version is just as good. Plus it's very low in saturated fat and has no cholesterol. The pumpkin keeps it moist, the cornmeal give it a great texture, and the cranberries are marvelously tart. A great fall dessert. The traditional look is to bake this in a loaf pan but I think it holds together better and has a better texture when baked in a cake pan. Substitutions: You can leave the orange zest out, but it won't be nearly as good! You can also substitute vegetable oil for the canola oil, but it will be less healthy. I think frozen cranberries will work as well as fresh. Just process them like you would the fresh cranberries. Note to reviewers: As I've played with this recipe I've kept upping the cranberries and decreasing the sugar. If anyone tests it with more pumpkin and cranberry and less sugar and it turns out well please let me know.
- 2 cups whole raw cranberries
- 1 1⁄2 cups white flour
- 1⁄4 cup cornmeal
- 3⁄4 cup granulated sugar
- 3⁄8 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
- 5 tablespoons expeller-pressed canola oil
- 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
- 3 tablespoons water
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat a 9 inch square (or round) cake pan with vegetable oil spray.
- In the work bowl of a food processor, process the cranberries a few times until approximately quartered (or chop them by hand). Transfer the cranberries to a small bowl.
- Add the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and powder, and spices) to the bowl of the food processor and process briefly to blend.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix together the remaining (wet) ingredients. Then add in the dry ingredients and cranberries to the mixing bowl, using the muffin method to combine (e.g., mix as little as possible, leaving the batter airy and light). Scrape the batter into the prepared pan.
- Bake until the bread has shrunk slightly away from the sides of the pan and a tester inserted in the center comes out clean (about 45 minutes, or 55 if using a loaf pan). If you cool it in the pan briefly (for about 5 minutes) it will be easier to remove it from the pan, but do not leave it sitting in the pan too long or it will get soggy on the bottom. Turn onto a rack to cool completely before putting in a airtight container, where it will keep for about 4 days, after which it begins to dry out.