Cranberry-Walnut Bread

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What do you do when you want cranberry-walnut bread, but you can’t find any at the store? You have your mom make some at home.

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I’m so lucky to have a mother as intelligent, selfless, and talented as mine (her great looks are just a bonus!) And no I’m not just sucking up since it’s close to Christmas…  P.S. I really want need new sunglasses, editing software, and a iMac computer wouldn’t hurt either.

When I was planning ahead for what post-Thanksgiving recipes I would be posting on here, I really wanted to do a turkey panini (which I will be posting tomorrow!)and I wanted to keep it festive by using  cranberry bread for it. I went to 3 different grocery stores and still no cranberry bread in site, so what did I do? Drove to my parents’ house and forced asked my mom to make some from scratch of course! (Because everyone knows my mom is the real “Muffin Man”. That woman makes bread like it’s her full-time job.) So she got out one of her ancient, and I mean ancient, bread cook books and we skimmed through it until we found a cranberry bread recipe. We added some things, swapped out some things, tested it a few times, and came up with this seriously perfect Cranberry-Walnut bread.

I should say she tested it a few times. I’m near worthless when it comes to bread-making. I’m better at throwing orders her way and “supervising”, and taste-tasting of course. Quality control is a very important job; it’s how I justify eating so many carbs.
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When you hear the name Cranberry-Walnut bread, a sweet, cranberry-studded quick bread is what probably comes to mind; but this isn’t overly sweet. It’s like a normal loaf of white bread, but with the slightest hint of orange, chewy cranberries, and toasty walnut pieces. It’s tender and moist, how good homemade bread should be, and it would make the perfect gift for neighbors and friends! I absolutely adore Bob’s Red Mill products, so I used their dried cranberries, walnut pieces, and artisan bread flour.

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I originally made this to use for my panini, but really all this bread needs is a healthy slather of salted butter. Irish butter would be even better! If you haven’t had Irish butter, go to your local grocery store in the fancy cheese/dairy section or organic/specialty food store. It’s worth the extra buck!
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So check back tomorrow and see how you SHOULD be eating your leftover Thanksgiving turkey!
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This post was sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill, however all thoughts and opinions expressed are 100% my own.

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19-inch loaf
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19-inch loaf
Ingredients
Servings: 9-inch loaf
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Ingredients
Servings: 9-inch loaf
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Instructions
  1. In a large mixer with dough hook attachment, combine water, oil, dry milk, salt, marmalade, and 1 cup flour. Mix on medium speed until combined.
  2. Add in yeast and continue to mix for 15 seconds, until smooth. Add in remaining 3 cups of flour, cranberries, and walnuts; mix on medium speed for 6 minutes to knead the dough. Dough should pull away from the sides of the bowl.
  3. Cover bowl and let rise for 30-45 minutes, until dough has doubled in size. Scrape out the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and shape into an oblong loaf and place into a greased 9 inch loaf pan. Cover with towel and let rise for an additional 30 minutes, until dough has risen slightly above the pan.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30-40 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove loaf from pan and let cool on a cooling rack. This can be stored in a large plastic bag at room temperature for 3-5 days (or until fuzzy green hairs starts to grow... which won't happen since it will all be consumed the first day!)
Recipe Notes

For even easier removal, grease your pan and line it with a strip of parchment paper that covers the bottom and hangs over the 2 end sides. You can then use those overhanging pieces of parchment to use as handles and lift out your bread to cool.

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  1. I have made a lot of bread and I will admit this is probably the best I’ve ever had. It’s also very easy, especially with my Bosch mixer.

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