Cranberry Walnut Celebration Bread

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Week #11 in the Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge is  Cranberry Walnut Celebration Bread. I must admit I was so excited to be moving on from last week’s Cornbread!

So that you’re not kept in suspense any longer I DIDN’T like it! I know, I had high hopes with the addition of sugar & who can resist bacon. But alas, nope, didn’t care for it. So most of it went to dear Bella (our dog!). She of course was ever so grateful & I was grateful to dispose of it. The ultimate cornbread (sweet SWEET sweet of course) recipe still eludes me. Sigh! Sorry Peter. It’s not you, it’s me LOL!

Well I’m happy to say that I was excited about this bread. It’s sweet after all (ha ha) & only a 1 day task! Woo hoo! And I really have enjoyed all the other braided breads…Challah which you know is in my top three so far and who can forget Artos. Both of those however were only single braids. This recipe called for a double braid. Yikes! I was in uncharted territory here. The double braid did intimidate me, why I feel like I was just getting the hang of the single braid. But nevertheless, I pushed ahead with the help of Marta (who had been given the week off last week & was raring to get her hook back into things again).

It was fairly painless until I got to the rolling portion. We were to roll out 6 strands, 1 set being larger than the other. I got my scale out, cut & measured my pieces & was ready to roll. Well have you ever tried to roll out dough that was full of dried berries & nuts? NOT SO EASY! Berries & nuts were flying all over my counter. I was trying to push them back in as fast as they were coming out. I lost that battle. I rolled them out as best I could & braided them. Once it was braided I shoved as many of them back in as possible. Whew!

This bread really rose to the occasion. She puffed up all proudly & came out of the oven with a lovely tan! Beautiful bread! Will of course be making French Toast out of this one as well! You know I wouldn’t be able to resist, didn’t you!

Here are the step by steps: (Remember if I can bake bread, you can too!)

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Dry Ingriedients: King Arthur Flour, Yeast, Salt & Sugarcranberry2_wm
Wet Ingriedients: Orange Extract, Eggs, Milk & Melted Butter added to Dry Ingriedients

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Look at Marta whipping up that dough

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Adding in the Craisins

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Marta whipping them into the dough

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All braided (all that braiding of Miss Priss’ hair finally is coming in handy)

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Ta da, my first double braid :) Not too shabby if I say so myself.

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And fresh of out of the oven with a lovely golden summer tan!

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Yes, it was as good as it looks.

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Here’s the overhead shot where I almost fell off the chair! You see what I go through for you :) LOL

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Sneak peak: Next week’s challenge: English Muffins!

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10 Comments

  1. 1

    I am so impressed! This is making me wish I weren’t going on vacation tomorrow so I could bake the bread this weekend! Ah well, something to look forward to when I return.

    Congrats on the gorgeous braid and bread. Those bright red cranberries just look delish. Cheers …

  2. 2

    Looks great and SO glad you didn’t fall off the chair. :) I do the same thing.
    I didn’t like the cornbread either.
    Have fun and nice baking along with you,
    Susie

  3. 3

    Wow Paula, that is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!

  4. 4

    I had to laugh about your comments re: the corn bread. I didn’t like it either, but I fed a small piece to my dog this morning and he was thrilled with it. :-) Your cranberry walnut loaf, on the other hand, looks delicious!
    -R

  5. 5

    Looks beautiful. I’m glad you liked how it tasted. I gave my loaf away, too big for us to eat.

  6. 6

    This looks delicious! I’m glad you enjoyed it. We’re still on the cornbread this week but I’m already looking forward to this one.

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    Mary B /

    Beautiful pics ~ a def. add to my recipe box. Molto grazie!

  8. 8

    This bread is so beautiful! I love that it’s an autumn flavor/color combination that works just as well in summer! (And it looks bejeweled, which is also a happy bonus.)

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    Oh no! I’m making the cornbread tomorrow, so maybe I should make the celebration bread at the same time so I’m not disappointed. I like sweet cornbread too – I’ll try to remember to email you my great grandma’s cornbread recipe. It’s sweet and super fabulous!

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    Very nice! I’ve been a little wary of making this bread – I’m not excited about the double braid, either. Or the cranberries, but I know I’m a little weird with those. Still, here’s hoping this make a good breakfast! Your photos are beautiful!

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