Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Cranberry Walnut Bread (BBA Challenge)

I've spent the past two weeks trying to decide if I wanted to continue with the Bread Baker's Apprentice Challenge. As I've stated in a previous post, I've noticed that many have fallen by the wayside and it really does seem like there are just a handful who are still actively participating. That aside, I came to the conclusion that even if I end up being the last (wo)man standing, I intend to finish this challenge. You see, I always finish what I start, except for that one crocheted bedspread...oh, and that cross-stitch of the Last Supper, and maybe a book or ten.


Anyway, as long as I'm going to come clean, I'll admit to you that I skipped one bread last spring because I was getting so tired of sweet breads. This cranberry walnut celebration bread was supposed to be baked right before the english muffins, but I zipped right past it and hoped no one would be the wiser. Now that I'm committed to finishing the challenge however, I've decided that in order to be able to say that I've baked every recipe in the book, I needed to go back and make this bread. Plus, what a great bread to bake the week of Thanksgiving, right?


As always, I skipped the walnuts because....well you all already know that I can't stand nuts in bread. And I especially dislike walnuts. So in reality, I guess you could say that this is just a cranberry celebration bread.

The dough was very easy to put together and it fermented much quicker than the book stated. In a little over an hour I had myself a bucketful of dough.

Working with the dough was a breeze and although I still haven't developed those mad braiding skills I was hoping for, I think I did OK with this one.

I had just a small piece of this before wrapping it up to take up north with me for the holiday. It was delicious. And I'm so glad I waited to bake this because I think I truly appreciated its sweetness now that I've been away from the sweet breads for awhile.

13 comments:

Moogie said...

Perfection once again Mags. Have a very Happy Thanksgiving.

June said...

Beautiful bread Mags. Happy trails!

Rosemary & Garlic said...

I am so glad that you decided to continue the challenge. I really look forward to reading your posts. Going for the gluten tomorrow. Enjoy the bread, I can't decide what to make for the boys.

HoneyB said...

Looks awesome. I love that it is a yeast bread with the cranberries in it - although I don't loathe walnuts so I would probably like them in it too! :-)

Megan said...

This bread looks delicious. I'd probably skip the walnuts too, but I might try it with pecans.

Have a happy Thanksgiving!

Frieda said...

I'm PROUD of you for sticking with the challenge ~ this is a perfect bread for Thanksgiving and I did part of mine sans walnuts...that's the beauty of baking/cooking; add or take out what you don't want!
Your bread looks beautiful~ I made mini loaves and a cool 1 strand braid. Take a peek: http://tinyurl.com/lvapht

Mags said...

Moogie: Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family as well.

June: Thanks! Happy Thanksgiving, but I plan on emailing you later today to make it official.

Rosemary: I'm glad that I've decided to continue too. Happy Thanksgiving!

HoneyB: Thanks for the stumble on this one!

Megan: I agree, if you like nuts in bread, pecans would work well here.

Frieda: Yours looks lovely! I checked out some of your other breads while I was there. You are quite the bread baker girl!

lakegirl said...

Maggie: Your breads always look so amazing!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Alyssa said...

Mags, I've hit a bit of a ditch with the challenge and blogging it (yes, too many sweet breads in a row), but intend to continue after Thanksgiving. Glad to see you intend to continue, too. I think the book is well worth continuing through. Your bread looks gorgeous, as usual!

Barbara Bakes said...

Your cranberry celebration bread is beautiful! I'd say you have the braiding down pat!

Sherylyn said...

Gorgeous bread! Looks something like our traditional Ukranian paska, only better :)

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Love the bread... it looks beautiful!

SallyBR said...

I am also very glad you are moving on!