Monday, October 1, 2012

Cranberry-Walnut Pumpkin Loaves--TWD/BWJ



This is one full body loaf and  it is delicious. I usually wait till the last minute to bake my recipes for TWD. I am a procrastinator by nature but I like to read the P&Q section on the TWD site. I always get great tips from bakers that aren't procrastinators! This recipe I'm sorry to say had more than a few negative reviews. I almost didn't make it, but really how can anything with cranberries, pumpkin and walnuts not be delicious.
So I baked.

This is not a quick bread which surprised most of us. It is a yeast bread that requires mixing 15 minutes in the trusty Kitchen Aid, a rise of 2 hours then an overnight rest in the refrigerator. Day 2 requires a four hour rest and a two hour rise. This sounds like forever but really there isn't much hands on time. The dough responded just like the recipe said it would (I love when that happens)! We were rewarded with the delicious smell of holiday baking and a yummy loaf of 'fall' bread.
I used pecans in place of walnuts and I replaced half of the golden raisins with King Arthur's Fruit Cake Blend Dried Fruit. The bread is light but stands up to the weight of all the added goodies. This recipe welcomes fall and I think you should make it!
Check Rebecca's blog The Bountiful Harvest  for the complete recipe.

27 comments:

Baking is my Zen...sweet nibbles for the soul said...

Your bread looks good. I prefer a bread that doesn't take so long from start to completion...

Carmen
http://bakingismyzen.wordpress.com

baker in disguise said...

True.. even I worried whether the dough would be able to hold up all the raisns and cranberries.. I thought it might all sink to the bottom.. but they all help up beautifully!!!

Lizzy Do said...

Your bread rose beautifully, Cindy! Glad you enjoyed~

Cakelaw said...

I am with you - cranberries, walnuts and pumpkin speak to me, and I liked the bread, juts not all the prep time.

Danelle said...

Oooh, I hope they have cranberries at the grocery store today!

Flourchild said...

Love it! I did not get to this one, to busy!

Andrea_TheKitchenLioness said...

Cindy, what a beautiful loaf of bread! Great colors and just a wonderful presentation - so glad that you liked this bread too, we thought it was delicious even without fresh cranberries.

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Dawn said...

Beautiful! I'll try this one again once our grocery stores begin carrying fresh cranberries. I had to opt for the dried sweetened variety. I'm sure the tartness of fresh berries makes this even better!

oneclevermom said...

Your loaves look beautiful. I too was surprised by the number of negative comments on the TWD board. Interesting. Different strokes for different folks! I loved this one too!

Sweet and That's it said...

You made a beautiful loaf.
I like it, especially toasted for breakfast.
I love eating seasonal products and this bread is great...even if it takes forever.

Julia said...

I too almost chickened out because of the negative reviews. I'm glad I didn't!

Jill said...

Your bread looks great! I thought it was delicious!

Inge and Gillian said...

Your bread looks fabulous with the fresh cranberries. We couldn't find any, and used dried instead. Love your post.

Cher Rockwell said...

I was a little worried how this would turn out going in - but ended up being a real treat.
Lovely bread

Debra Eliotseats said...

Love all these pumpkin cranberry recipes. And I love this is a yeast bread. Must try this.

Cathleen said...

Beautiful photos! Happy to hear you enjoyed this.

Catherine said...

Your bread looks great and really full of fruit! Thanks for sharing. Catherine www.praycookblog.com

oven chaos said...

Such a nice way to welcome Fall! Great looking loaves!

The Little French Bakery said...

Wasn't it fun?!? Your loaves look great! I loved the smell of the baking breads too. I'm going to check out the King Arthur fruit blend, it sounds really good!

Amanda said...

Beautiful! I love your photos!

Kathy said...

Wonderful looking loaves! This one was a hit in our house! A definite keeper!

Beth said...

I'm sorry that people weren't loving this recipe - it looks so beautiful with all those cranberries popping out!

Elaine said...

I love your photos! And didn't you just love how the cranberries burst open in the bread?! :)

Jora said...

I was scared by the P&Qs but enjoyed this bread as well. Glad you decided to make it!

Kayte said...

Such a pretty loaf...your photo is just gorgeous.

Michele said...

Your loaves look just perfect!

Gloria - The Ginger Snap Girl said...

You made me laugh Cindy! Sometimes I try to imagine my world without procrastination, but it's just not meant to be for me. There's nothing like the last minute. Though this bread sounds like the last minute starts at least 2 days ahead of finish time. Your bread is beautiful with the cranberries dotted through. Sounds like a nice start to fall!