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?
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.
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.
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.