Winter Coffee Break:
Winter coffee break is music to my ears. Oh how I adore a coffee break any time of year. The joy of a great quality cup of coffee and fresh baked fruit bread savored during the bleak winter months is the best. Winter is a break for the earth and I find I can relax and enjoy this “break” too. Using a French Press is my preferred method for brewing the perfect cup of coffee on a winter’s day. The smell of the grinding coffee beans and the baking bread are part of the experience. You definitely want to invite over girlfriends to share this wonderful coffee break.
The Cranberry Nut Bread is so moist and flavorful it will be a favorite. Easy and basic just like the wonderful coffee brewed in the French Press. My sister gave me this wonderful recipe years ago and we still look forward to the winter coffee break with her Cranberry Nut Bread recipe.
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Recipe for the perfect cup of coffee:
1. 4 cup French Press
2. 2 cups of 200 degrees Fahrenheit water
3. 26 grams of whole coffee beans
How I brew the perfect cup of coffee in a French Press is I start with fresh ground coffee and hot water (200 degrees Fahrenheit). First, I pour the fresh ground coffee into the French Press and add enough hot water to cover the grounds. Then, I stir and let the coffee bloom for one minute. Then, I add the remaining water and stir. I put the lid on and set the timer for 3 minutes. After the 3 minutes, I push the plunger down and pour the wonderful fresh coffee into my favorite coffee cups. Enjoy!
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 3/4 cup orange juice
- 2 Tbls. shortening (solid) blend with pastry blender into dry ingredients
- 1 Tbls. orange zest
- 1 egg beaten
- 1 1/2 cups cranberries coarsely chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts (I use pecans)
- Preheat oven 350 degrees.
- Mix everything together by hand except the cranberries and nuts.
- Fold in 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped cranberries and 1/2 cup chopped nuts.
- Grease loaf pan.
- Bake 55 minutes.
- Let cool 15 minutes.
- Then turn out of pan.
- Bon appétit!
Serving coffee and Cranberry Nut Bread:
I serve the bread while still hot from the oven so coordinating the timing of both the brewing of the coffee and the bread bake time is imperative to serve both hot.
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I am looking forward to making a loaf of Cranberry Nut Bread and a pot of French Press Coffee tomorrow. Please join me and relax and savor the winter. I would love to hear what you are planning this winter to help you relax and recharge before the busy spring. Let me know in the comments below.
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