Triple Ginger Cranberry Friendship Bread
I have been on somewhat of an Amish Friendship Bread roll as of late. I’ve made several different variations and each one has become a fast favorite, including this bread made with three types of ginger and chopped cranberries. This recipe combines ground ginger, grated fresh ginger and diced crystallized ginger pieces with chopped cranberries that are then added to the bread batter to make two loaves of sensational tasting bread.
Ginger is a plant from tropical and subtropical regions that’s grown for its gnarled and bumpy root. Most ginger comes from Jamaica, followed by India, Africa and China. The name “ginger root” comes from the word “horn root,” undoubtedly referring to its knobby appearance. It has tan skin and flesh that ranges in color from pale greenish yellow to ivory. The flavor is peppery and slightly sweet, while the aroma is pungent and spicy.
Fresh ginger root can be used in a number of ways; grated, whole, and slivered. It should have a fresh, spicy fragrance. Store fresh, unpeeled gingerroot, tightly wrapped, in the refrigerated for up to 3 weeks and frozen for up to 6 months. To use frozen ginger, slice or break off a piece of the root, return the rest to the freezer, peel and grate the stub.
The flavor of dried ground ginger is very different from that of its fresh form and is not an appropriate substitute for dishes that specifying fresh ginger. It is however, delicious in savory dishes such as soups, curries and stir fry recipes. It’s a great addition to fruit compotes and indispensable in sweets like gingerbread, gingersnaps, spice cookies and baked goods.
Crystallized Ginger or Candied Ginger
Crystallized or candied ginger has been cooked in a sugar syrup, coated in coarse sugar and dried. Preserved ginger has been preserved in a sugar-salt mixture. Both types can be found in Asian markets and many specialty supermarkets often in the produce or dried fruit sections. They are generally used as a confection or added to desserts, breads and/or cookies. Melon and candied ginger is a classic combination.
*Try this old-fashioned recipe for Old Fashion Gingersnap Cookies I like to purchase Un-crystallized Ginger/Candied Ginger from Trader Joe’s or Paradise Fruit Co.*
- 1 cup Amish Friendship Bread Starter
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup oil
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups flour
- 1/3 cup minced candied ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
- 1 box instant vanilla pudding mix
- 1 cup chopped fresh cranberries
Preheat oven to 325
Grease two loaf pans.
Dust the greased pans with a mixture of 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
In a large mixing bowl, add ingredients as listed.
Divide the batter evenly between prepared loaf pans.
Bake for one hour or until the bread loosens evenly from the sides of the pans and a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean.