Cranberry Walnut bread

Homemade bread is, maybe, next best to the very best you have ever tasted any food! The aroma is so inviting that everyone gets drawn towards fresh, home-baked, bread. Cranberry-Walnut, combination, provides that tart and nutty taste that makes it irresistible when you slather with butter. Besides, it is healthy food for staying healthy! You know the ingredients! It works very well as the sandwich bread for chicken and even turkey!

It is relatively easy to make and most of the time you cannot go wrong. Healthy baking or healthy cooking was a well known virtue of the European families and it resulted in well being of the entire family. Mothers felt proud of their contribution to the heath of the family. Cranberry walnut bread is one of those forgotten traditions. It is low in sugar and fat.


Cranberry Walnut Bread

875 grams of bread flour

40 grams of sugar

11 grams of salt

28 grams of melted butter

250 grams of walnuts – coarsely chopped

200 grams of dried cranberries

16 grams of instant yeast

620 grams of water

1 gram of orange zest

Vegetable oil for greasing

In a bowl, add yeast to water and stir the mix. Set it aside for 10 minutes. Then add half of the flour (by rough estimate), butter, sugar, salt, zest and start mixing them. Add flour, gradually, and knead for 10 minutes. You may use a stand mixer, instead. Add the cranberries and the walnuts to the dough and knead them, slightly.

We need to oil a larger bowl and transfer the dough. We need to roll dough or make sure that the dough is coated with oil. Cover the bowl with a plastic bag or wet kitchen towel and leave it at room temperature. Dependant upon the effectiveness of yeast, in 50 to 70 minutes, the dough should rise to be double.

Once we find the doubled dough, it needs to be punched and set on parchment paper. Cover the dough for another 50 minutes.

In an oven, preheated to 175 C or 350 F, place the baking tray in the center and bake for about 40 minutes to get a nice, brown, bread.

Enjoy the bread! This bread can be frozen for use in a month or two. Best, indeed, is, when served fresh!!Cranberry Walnut Bread

My personal mission is to share all I know. Holiday season is coming and I would like to stress the need for staying healthy, eating healthy, cooking healthy. One of the ways is to keep the family healthy and happy is to cook or bake, when possible. I have known a great many senior executives who take cooking as a hobby or past-time and cooking or baking is a means of relaxation for them.