A holiday inspired quick bread copycat recipe of Panera's popular cobblestone muffin. It's quick, easy and gluten free.
One of the best things about the holidays has to be the expectation of things to come.
One of the worst things about the holidays has to be the expectation of things to come.
If you don't understand how those statements can be true together, count yourself lucky and in the minority. I know very few people who manage the span of celebrations from November to December without encountering a little bit of family drama or at the very least, a season of unmet expectations.
This latter issue is where I usually fall. I always have high hopes for what the season will bring. And then I find myself overworked, stressed out and without enough time to "make the memories" that this season is known for.
It's one of the reasons I decided earlier in the year to start consciously making special moments out of ordinary days -- those days for which there's not much expected, stress is low and expectations aren't high.
Translated loosely that day is Friday.
My boys and I started a Friday ritual last spring of going to Panera bread before school. Occasionally, we miss it if we've had a full Thursday and bedtimes were shifted too late. But on the whole, we never miss. We spend this time trying out new "goodies," talking about what we want to do over the weekend and just generally making memories... unpressured, easy going, memories. It's the kind of low-pressure time that I find myself and my kids are at our best.
This month's Recipe ReDux theme is all about quick breads. You now... those baked goods that don't require a lot of fuss and fancy kitchen wizardry; no elaborate expectations, but full of warm, comfortable good taste.
To celebrate the theme with the flavors of the season and pay special tribute to the memories we've already made this year -- even if Thanksgiving and Christmas don't play out as "perfect" as we'd hoped -- I made a holiday spin on Panera's classic cobblestone muffins and turned it into a bread:
Cranberry-Orange Cobblestone Bread
If you've ever tried Panera's cobblestone muffins you know that they're not gluten free. So one of the main changes I've made is de-glutened them so that my husband can enjoy the bready yumminess. And I did that in what I think (patting myself on the back) is an innovative way.
Instead of making a yeast dough and breaking into pieces before baking, I actually baked the rolls, cut them into pieces and then mixed them with a thin, egg-based batter (similar to a bread pudding) and baked it all in a loaf pan. I found this worked really well, especially given how wet gluten free bread batter usually is. I suspect it would be pretty hard to make small pieces of gluten free bread dough.
If you're not looking for a gluten free bread you could probably do the same thing with leftover rolls. Just be sure not to let the bread stand for too long or you'll end up with bread pudding... which come to think of it may not meet expectations, but would be pretty darn good anyway.
So there you go -- unmet expectations, but equally as good. Happy Holidays indeed.
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Gluten Free Cranberry Orange Cobblestone Bread
Serves 8 to 10
- 8 gluten free rolls (I used Pamela's Bread Mix**), each cut into 4 cubes
- 1 cup orange marmalade, microwaved until warm and easy to stire
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/4 cup honey bourbon (or orange juice, if alcohol-free is preferred)
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- 3 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 tablespoon ground flax (I used golden flax)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat an 8-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl; let stand 30 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.
- Spoon ingredients into prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden and set.
- Serve warm. Store in refrigerator.