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.