Just to recap the program, now through December 31st, students and families can collect Real California milk seals from select Smart & Final First Street products (everything from milk to butter to ice cream) and bring them to school.
That little yellow & black logo is what you're looking for!
I usually bake lots of cookies as homemade gifts around the holidays, but this time I decided to go for something a little different. After happening upon a display of fresh cranberries at Smart & Final (you can check out my shopping trip here), I came up with a Cranberry Apple Quick Bread, which is a little less sweet and more of a breakfast item - giving those busy teachers a well deserved break one holiday morning.
What makes this quick bread extra special is the addition of sour cream, which keeps it very moist and gives it a subtle richness. I also baked the bread in a stoneware loaf pan, which then becomes part of the gift. Wrap it all up in red plastic wrap with a pretty ribbon or bow - and you've got a great gift for a deserving teacher (or neighbor or anyone else for that matter!).
Cranberry Apple Quick Bread
Makes 1 9" x 5" loaf
1 stick (1/2 c.) First Street salted butter
3/4 c. granulated sugar
3/4 c. First Street sour cream
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 large apple, peeled and chopped
1 1/2 c. fresh cranberries
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 9" x 5" loaf pan well with vegetable oil or butter.
Cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs, sour cream and vanilla.
In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder and baking soda. Stir into wet ingredients just until combined.
Fold chopped apple and cranberries into batter until evenly distributed (don't over mix).
Bake at 350°F for 50-55 minutes or until top is browned and toothpick inserted comes out clean.
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