Summer fruit seems to get all the attention. Each year, people go a little bit crazy in the head over farm stand peaches, juicy watermelons and just-picked blueberries.
And let’s not even get started on fresh cherries. Those things could cause rioting in the streets.
Admittedly, I’m guilty of this behavior as well. I’ve certainly noticed that I tend to have a preference for Summer fruits over those that are available during other times of the year. And in the cooler months, my focus shifts more towards root vegetables and hearty greens. Some weeks, I think I could almost forgo fruits entirely.
But I’ve come to appreciate that there are so many delicious “fruity” offerings in the Winter. And this year, I’m determined to take advantage of them all. Luckily for me (and for you!), my Winter Fruit and Yogurt Breakfast Bowls with Gingerbread Granola are a great way to do just that. Loaded with persimmons, pomegranates and grapefruit segments, these bowls will have you falling in love with Winter fruits all over again.
Granola is a food that I like. And I eat it often. But it’s not something that I typically go crazy over. Until now, that is. I absolutely COULD NOT STOP eating this gingerbread granola. It’s spiced just right. And the chunks of candied ginger and dark chocolate are to die for. I guarantee you’re going to find yourself making it over and over again (even when it’s not “gingerbread season” anymore). Oh and did I mention that it takes less than 10 minutes to prepare?!?! Seriously. Stovetop granola FOR THE WIN. Why have I been wasting so much time baking granola in the oven all these years. Not sure I’ll ever go back to making it that way again.
I’m sharing these Winter Fruit and Yogurt Breakfast Bowls with Gingerbread Granola as part of our monthly #eatseasonal recipe round-up organized by Becky from Vintage Mixer. If you’re finding yourself in a cooking rut, look no further than Becky’s December Produce Guide, which has a ton of inspiring recipes that take advantage of this months fruits and vegetables. Oh and a bunch of my blogging friends have created new recipes as well, which you can find linked below. Go check ‘em all out!
December Eat Seasonal Recipes
Roasted Persimmon Ice Cream by Cafe Johnsonia
Pomegranate Vinaigrette by Joy Food Sunshine
Potato Leek Soup with Italian Sausage by Completely Delicious
Winter Greens with Pomegranate Seeds and Olives by Letty’s Kitchen
Asian Kale Power Salad by She Likes Food
Crunchy Apple-Pear Salad with Pomegranate, Pine Nuts & Yogurt by Simple Bites
Pesto Pasta with Crispy Brussels Sprouts and Bacon by Vintage Mixer
Mini Cranberry Orange Cheesecakes with Gingersnap Crust by Flavor the Moments
Beet and Root Vegetable Tian with Apple Cider Reduction by Food for my Family
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On Tuesday, I made bread. In the morning, my hands gently worked the dough. I kneaded it, rolled it, shaped it and braided it. I made it pretty. I watched as the heat from my fireplace helped it to rise to it’s full potential. And I watched my social media feed fill up with announcements from friends who had voted. The hashtag #ImWithHer seemed to dominate the landscape.
That afternoon as my bread baked, my house filled with warm, comforting smells of vanilla and cinnamon. I audibly squealed as I removed the braided loaf from my oven, absolutely delighted over just how beautiful it looked. The swirl was somewhat hypnotic. While the blushing sweep of cranberries provided just the right pop of color. It was perfect.
I anxiously awaited for it to cool. I snapped my photos and took my first bites. I felt happy and accomplished.
But as the day wore on, I struggled to hang onto those feelings. The election coverage that evening caused me to stress eat almost half the loaf, sending me into some kind of a carbohydrate-induced downward spiral. And eventually, I found myself too mentally and emotionally exhausted to even stay awake for the duration of the reporting. I went to bed not knowing the final outcome. In the morning when I checked my phone, I cried. And then I called my Mom and cried some more.
Pajama-clad, I re-warmed some bread and ate it reluctantly. Later, I shared a slice with my neighbor in his backyard. And we both tried to breath.
I think it’s safe to say we’ve got some work to do. Although, I have to admit that I’m not 100% sure what that means or where to even start. But for now, I bake. And listen. And love. And vow to not grow weary.
This Cranberry Pecan Braided Bread certainly won’t solve our problems. But maybe make yourself a loaf and find some comfort and solace in that action. Share a loaf with a friend (or perhaps an enemy). And take care of yourself and the people around you. It’s the least we can do for one another.
I’ve partnered with Rodelle to bring you today’s recipe. Rodelle’s vanilla extracts and other baking essentials are top notch, and I’ve been using them exclusively in my kitchen for years now (did you know they also have a line of savory products!). When I’m cooking and baking with Rodelle ingredients, I’m completely confident that my recipes will turn out to be total show stoppers. And that’s an awesome feeling to have.
I’m also proud to work with a company that not only supports their farmers and growers abroad, but also derives 100% of their energy from wind power and other alternative sources. I hope that more companies will follow their lead.
This Cranberry Pecan Braided Bread might just steal the spotlight at your next Holiday gathering. And as your guests “ooh and ahh” over it’s festive presentation, you’ll be secretly smiling on the inside knowing that it actually wasn’t all that difficult to bake (I promise it’s not nearly as intimidating as it looks!). So be sure to stock up on some essential Rodelle baking ingredients this season, and let’s rock this whole Holiday entertaining thing!
Recipe adapted from my Braided Cinnamon, Apple and Pecan Bread