Cranberry Orange Loaf
When I first moved to Toronto, I loathed the holiday season. My pity-party was at an all-time high during the holidays. Who were all these happy people scampering off to spend time with families! Why was everyone so frantic and bitchy at the malls? The happy music was on repeat EVERYWHERE. I was lonely and the Christmas season came as a culture shock that first winter. I was in a new country with few friends, tucked away in a suburban condo. Christmas wasn’t something we celebrated growing up, so it had never held a lot of significance for us.
Enter ‘A’, who grew up putting out cookies, and potato chips, and milk for Santa (I still don’t get the Chips bit). Despite having first-gen immigrant parents, he grew up tobogganing, sledding, decorating trees, saving money for presents, putting up stockings, and the whole nine yards. It was a wonderful way to embrace the season. N
I keep coming back to how important the role of food is, in marking occasions, making memories and creating traditions. My holiday weeks are littered with turkey dinners, stuffings, and casseroles; rich, decadent desserts with chocolate in the periphery of everything. I decided to add a citrus-cran loaf to my Christmas tradition a couple of years ago. Baked in mini loaf tins and wrapped in crumpled parchment, it makes for a lovely token when visiting friends and family.
Of course, no Christmas loaf is complete without a healthy dousing of alcohol. A slow pour of a lovely Grand Marnier glaze makes this loaf stand out and neatly place it in the gourmet category.