Truth be told, although I was out of town for a few days and so couldn’t get this done on time, I just wasn’t looking forward to this bread. Maybe partly I’m with Adam on this one – how many more timesare we going to put nuts and fruits in bread? I understand that lots of people like those kinds of bread. It’s just not something I tend to bang the table with my shoe about. Add to that the fact that I don’t really like cranberries, and I’m not much of a walnut fan, and you’ve got a lackluster challenge in store for me with this bread.
It smells good, though! Luckily, my wife is a fan of cranberries and walnuts, so she was ready to attack this loaf as it emerged from the oven like a ravenous animal perched above its prey, just waiting to pounce on its unsuspecting soon-to-be lunch. If you remember my cornbread disaster story from last week, this is all to the good. After that skillet-debacle, the more she is kept happy, the better and more balanced the universe seems to be.
Since I’m late this week, and since I was particularly underwhelmed by this challenge, I’ll keep this post short.
Cranberry-Walnut Bread is novice level for someone who is green to baking. All in all, this is a version of what I’m starting to think of as a “bread with X”.Basically, it’s a pretty standard bread dough recipe (with the exception of the eggs, sugar and lemon juice included). It’s just the addition of the cranberries and the walnuts that changes things up.
It does take a little experience to figure how to get all those fruits and nuts to incorporate inside the dough, but a little extra water to soften things up usually helps in that regard.
Comments on the Process
Cranberry-Walnut Bread has one step - (a) mix/bake. Er…that’s it.
Step One – Mix/Bake
Comments on the Final Product
Again, PR would be happy to know that my wife loved it. I ate some, and toasted a bit of it and thought it was okay. But what can I say? I don’t like fruits and nuts. My wife assures me that it was quite good, though.
Here’s a number of shots of the final product:
Well, that’s it. Let’s get on to the next bread!
Next Week: English Muffins
NOW we’re talking. I’m ready for this one! I can’t imagine that I could make a half-way decent English Muffin, but that’s okay – Bring it!