Two classic cranberry-nut coffee cake recipes – just like they used to make for a weekend breakfast

A classic breakfast recipe from the '70s for cranberry-nut coffee cake - just like grandma used to make-001

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A classic breakfast recipe from the '70s for cranberry-nut coffee cake

Classic cranberry-nut coffee cake recipe (from 1974)


1/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups Bisquick baking mix
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 egg
2/3 cup water or milk
2/3 cup whole cranberry sauce
Confectioners’ sugar icing


Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease square pan, 9x9x2 inches. Mix brown sugar, walnuts and cinnamon. Combine baking mix, granulated sugar, egg and water; beat vigorously 1/2 minute. Spread in pan; sprinkle with nut mixture. Spoon cranberry sauce over top. Bake 20 to 25 minutes. While warm, spread with Confectioners’ Sugar Icing.

Confectioners’ sugar icing

Blend 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and about 1 tablespoon water.

Makes 9 servings

Cranberry-nut coffee cake - just like grandma used to make

This recipe was developed and tested in the Betty Crocker Kitchens — Any of over 100 good things from just one box of Bisquick.

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Vintage cranberry-nut coffee cake recipe (from 1962)

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1 cup canned (whole berry) cranberry sauce, drained
1/2 cup finely-chopped unsalted nuts
1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 tablespoons baking powder
1 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup soft shortening
2/3 cup evaporated milk
3 tablespoons water
2 unbeaten eggs


Turn on oven and set at 400 degrees F. Grease well a 9-inch square baking pan. Mix cranberry sauce, nuts and grated orange rind together in a small bowl.

Sift flour, baking powder, sugar and salt together into a two-quart bowl. Add shortening, evaporated milk, water and eggs all at once to the flour mixture.

Beat hard with mixing spoon or electric beater at high speed for two minutes. Pour into pan. Spoon cranberry mixture evenly over top.

Bake on center rack at oven about 35 minutes, or until cake pulls from sides of pan. Serve warm.

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