When I went to the grocery store a few days ago to pick up the ingredients for the pies for Thanksgiving (which were, by the way, a huge hit!), I grabbed a bag of fresh cranberries. I didn't have a recipe in mind for them, but I figured I'd come up with something. I remembered a cranberry bread that I had made a while ago, and decided that that was the perfect use for the bag of cranberries now sitting in my fridge. The last time I made it, I made it as a large loaf, however tonight I decided to make mini loaves, because, well, anything miniature is just way cuter, right?
I love how the tartness of the fresh cranberries is counteracted slightly by the sugar on top. I don't have turbinado sugar (as the recipe calls for), so I used some cake decorating sugar for the sweetness and the crunch. I also added about a teaspoon of ground cinnamon to the dry mixture, because I love cinnamon. There was one little problem - I had no milk in the fridge (well, I had one that was past it's expiration date, but smelled fine, but I didn't want to risk it), but I (surprisingly) had buttermilk in the fridge, so I used that instead. The batter was a little too thick, so I added another splash of buttermilk (about 1/8 cup).