Created by ellie on October 17, 2015
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Step 2: Butter one loaf pan (9 1/4 x 5 1/4) or use a small loaf and and 1 mini/individual loaf pan. Line bottom and 2 long sides with waxed paper.
Step 3: Sift dry ingredients together (flour - baking soda) in a bowl.
Step 4: Using an electric mixer beat the butter until fluffy; gradually add 1 cup of sugar; beating until blended. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Beat in pumpkin and then the vanilla. Beat in the dry ingredients alternately with the buttermilk (2 additions each). Fold in cranberries and raisins and/or nuts. Transfer batter to pan(s) and sprinkle with the remaining sugar.
Step 5: Bake for 60-70 minutes or until bread tests done. Cool bread in pan on rack for 15 minutes.
Step 6: Loosen bread from pan and turn out on rack. Cool bread completely.
Step 7: Can be made 2 days ahead, wrap and store at room temperature. This bread also freezes well.