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Friday, December 9, 2011

Cranberry Walnut Artisan Bread

This is one of the special breads that I make for the Farmer's Market this time of year. I think it looks so festive done up as a braid with the dried cranberries! This recipe makes two braided loaves or one 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf.

Cranberry Walnut Bread
1 cup milk
1 egg
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon dried orange peel
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups bread flour
2 teaspoons bread machine yeast OR 1 packet active dry yeast (If using active dry yeast, dissolve it in the warm milk before combining with the remaining ingredients.)

Mix, knead and let your dough rise until doubled using your favorite method; bread machine, manual or stand mixer. Divide dough in half and then divide each half into 3 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a rope about 15 inches long. Braid the three pieces together and pinch the ends together well. Tuck the ends underneath the braid and place on an ungreased baking sheet.

 Let rise in a warm place until nearly doubled.

Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown. Remove to a wire rack and cool completely.

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Susan said...

What glorious looking loaves! I bet you are THE favorite vendor at your farmer's market! What talent!

Kateri said...

These loaves are so pretty. They look very festive, and perfect for Christmas.

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

They are beautiful and perfectly braided!

Anonymous said...

Lovely & very yummy looking! I bet you can't make enough to keep up with demand!

Tombstone Livestock said...

Breads look good, great idea for the season.

Michelle said...

This bread looks so good. I wish my husband wasn't allergic to walnuts.

Kristina said...

Thanks looks so pretty for Christmas. Thanks for sharing that.

Anonymous said...

Your braided bread is beautiful! I bet they sell fast. I have never done a brain before, but want to try one.

I made French Bread for the 2nd time yesterday. I have a need for FB Pizza and decided to make my own bread. Yesterday must not have been the "right" day to make bread as it didn't rise as much as I would have liked.

Oh well, topped with pizza ingredients and cheese we may not notice.


Teresa said...

This looks very yummy and perfect for the holiday season!

Unknown said...

Publix makes a cranberry walnut artisan loaf and it is delish, this looks similar and I can't wait to try it, thanks for sharing!
Have a Merry Christmas!

Candy C. said...

Thanks everyone for the nice comments! The bread was well received at the Farmer's Market yesterday! :)

Farmgirl Susan said...

Your bread is beautiful! And I bet it tastes great. Bookmarking the recipe now! :)

Candy C. said...

Thanks for stopping by Susan! :)

Petit Design Co. said...

This looks delish and I'm going to try it today! thanks for sharing