Cranberry Walnut Celebration Bread

 It seems everything becomes festive when added some cranberries. This is perfect Thanksgiving celebration bread. It looks stunning when comes out from the oven. It definitely adds holiday atmosphere to the dinner table.

Cranberry Walnut Celebration Bread
 The original recipe is from  The Bread Baker's Apprentice.

Ingredients: Makes 1 large braided loaf
3 cups (13.5 ounces) bread flour
3 tablespoons (1.5 ounces) granulated sugar
3/4 teaspoon (.19 ounces) salt
3.5 teaspoons (.39 ounces) instant yeast
1.5 tablespoons (.75 ounces) orange or lemon exract
2 larger (3.3 ounces) eggs
1/2 cup (4 ounces) buttermilk or any kind of milk, at room temperature
2 tablespoons (1 ounces) unsalted butter, melted
1/4 to 1/2 cup (2 to 4 ounces) of water, at room temperature
1.5 cups (9 ounces) dried sweetened cranberries
3/4 cup (3 ounces) coarsely chopped walnuts

Cranberry Walnut Celebration Bread

1. Mix everything in a mixing bow and make a soft dough.
2. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes. Add cranberries continue to knead the dough for 2 more minutes. Then add walnut, knead the dough till walnut evenly distrusted.
3. First fermentation at room temperature till double in size.
4. Transfer the dough to the counter. Divide dough into 6 pieces, 3 big pieces and 3 small pieces. Roll out all 6 pieces into strands. Braid the large strands using the 3-braid technique, and then braid the small strands in the same pattern. Then center the small braid on the larger one. Brush the entire bread with egg wash.
5. Proof at room temperature uncovered for 2 hours, until it nearly doubles in size. Brush the bread with egg wash again.
6. 325F, middle rack, bake for 25 minutes. Rotate the pan if necessary.
7. Cool the bread on a cooling rack at least an hour before severing.

Cranberry Walnut Celebration Bread


Russell said...

What a delicious loaf! It looks wonderful!

Averie @ Averie Cooks said...

This is stunning! I just pinned it! My hubs would be so proud of me if I could pull this one off!

Add A Little Love said...

Thanks. Don't forget double brush the egg wash. Everything looks stunning when you double brush the egg wash. :)

Jean said...

I love making bread more than anything, and this looks like a lovely festive loaf.

Add A Little Love said...

Hi Jean,
We share the same passion. It is amazing how one simple ingredient, flour plus some water and yeast can turn into so many things.