Cranberry Orange Bread or Cake

by Hannah
(NJ)

This is a delicious bread using many healthy ingredients. It's both tart and sweet and is a bit like cake. In fact, you could add on a cream cheese frosting (recipe not included here) or a little whipped cream on top.

Ingredients you will need:

2 eggs, beaten
Sweetener -- 2/3 cup (I use either honey or syrup)
Butter or margarine - 1/4 cup
Orange juice - 1 cup
Instant milk - 1/3 cup
Flour - 2 cups
Baking powder - 1 teaspoon
Baking soda - 1 teaspoon
Salt (optional) - 1/2 teaspoon
Cranberries - 2 cups (use them whole; defrosting some frozen ones is ok too)
Grated orange rind - 1/4 cup
Pecans or walnuts - 1 cup (chopped)

Cream together the honey and butter, then add in the eggs and the orange juice, beating it in as you go. Mix all the the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl. Pour it gradually into the liquids, stirring as you pour. Add in the cranberries, folding them in a little at a time. Then mix in the orange rind and nuts. Bake at 325 F, for about 1 hour - in an oiled and floured loaf pan. (NOTE - you may need to bake it a little longer, depending on your stove).

Delicious for breakfast, brunch, or dessert! The cranberries, nuts and natural ingredients would make if very good for your elderly nutrition that you discuss on this web site.

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Pineapple Dump Cake

by Chrissy
(Idaho)

Yes, I know this has an odd name, but it is a healthy dessert recipe! It gets its name from dumping some of the ingredients into the bowl. It's got a really delicious flavor. My dad used to make this for his senior citizen group.

This makes a large pan cake. If you want a small 8x8 sized cake, then cut the ingredients in half.

Here's what you do

First, you will need the following ingredients:
20 oz can crushed pineapple -- (in natural juices to keep it healthy, rather than heavy syrup)
3 eggs, beaten
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (or regular flour)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup chopped nuts
2 cups natural cane sugar, Splenda, or other sweetener
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt

In a large bowl, dump in the pineapple with its juice. Dump in the remaining ingredients. Stir well with a mixing spoon (not a mixer). Put into a 9x13 greased baking pan. Bake for 45 to 60 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. You can add a frosting on the top after cooling, if you want to, but I think it's better without it! You can also serve it will ice cream or whipped cream.

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Scandinavian Almond Cake

by Shirley
(MN)

This delicious cake is similar to an almond-flavored pound cake. It's very moist and full of flavor. And really easy to make.

Spray small loaf pan with Pam or other cooking spray

Beat Well:
1-1/4 cups sugar (or sweetener)
1 egg
1-1/2 tsps pure almond extract
2/3 cup milk

Add: 1-1/4 cup flour, 1/2 tsp. baking soda
Then Add: 1 stick melted margarine (not butter)

Mix Well.

Bake at 350 for 400-50 minutes. Edges must be golden brown. Cool in pan (approx. 30 min) before removing. Cake will break if removed too soon. Sprinkle with confectionary sugar (optional).

Variations: Before pouring batter into the pan, sprinkle sliced almonds on the bottom. Top with whipping cream or Reddi Whip. Low-fat is best. You could also top with yogurt.

Suggestion: Serve with fresh raspberries or strawberries.

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