Sunday, April 4, 2010

Playing With My Food - Nutty Berry Loaf

(Originally posted on Feb. 6, 2010)

I can be a sucker for a "good buy" and, this time, I was sucked in by a sale of my local supermarket's store brand of blueberry muffin mixes - 2 for $1.00. I bought 4...

So, I'm about muffin-ed out. I love berries of all kinds, especially blueberries, but I get burned out on the "same ol' thing" pretty quickly. That's why I had to figure out something different to do with these last 2 boxes of muffin mix.

Well, muffins are just a short bread in a cupcake form, for the most part, right? So, I decided to make a shortbread loaf with it... but it needs SOMETHING to improve it from just muffin mix in a loaf.

I took the things I love and tossed them in and got the loaf pictured below. It's got sour cream, walnuts, dried cherries and dried cranberries, plus the usual eggs, oil and mix. It turned out wonderfully.

The loaf is moist, and dense, with all those nuts and dried fruits baked in. It worked much better than I expected!

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