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Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Cranberry-Orange Bread


I used to try to make our family's traditional Danish pastries to have on hand for Christmas morning's breakfast--the authentic kind that was passed down from my Danish great-grandmother. While we really enjoy even the healthier version of these pastries, it requires such a time commitment on my part that I have come to realize I just can't plan on doing it each and every year. So over time I have come up with a different Christmas breakfast bread that we all love, that is healthful and way easier/faster to make than Danishes!

Christmas Cranberry-Orange Bread
Yield: 1 loaf

1 1/4 c. warm water
1/3 c. honey
2 Tb. butter, softened
2 c. bread flour (I usually just use whole wheat for all the flour)
1 1/4 c. whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
2 tsp. active dry yeast
1 c. sweetened dried cranberries
1 Tb. grated orange zest
Directions for mixer or for hand mixing:

Combine warm water and yeast. Let sit until yeast is softened.
Add salt, honey, and butter.
Add remaining ingredients while mixing, except cranberries.
When dough is correct consistency, add cranberries.
Place in greased bread pan, cook at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes, or until browned and cooked through.

Directions for bread maker:

Place all ingredients (except cranberries) in pan of bread machine in order recommended by manufacturer. Select Sweet Bread cycle; press Start.

If your machine has Fruit setting, add cranberries at signal, or about 5 minutes before kneading cycle has finished.

9 comments:

jcgk said...

Love me a good cranberry bread!!!

Carolyn said...

Wow, that sounds so yummy!!

Sarah Sharp said...

Love love love cranberry orange bread! I am always on the prowl for a good recipe! Thanks, Katrina!

Raeofshine77 said...

I'll vouch for the yumminess of this recipie!! :-)

Katrina said...

Did you try this out then?

jcgk said...

It is in the oven now....

Katrina said...

Excellent!

jcgk said...

Delicious! Should something different be done when using all whole wheat flour instead of some bread flour? (Iused all whole wheat and just wondered....)

Katrina said...

That's a great question and I'm going to add a note to the recipe about that, because that's exactly what I do too, use all whole wheat flour, and it always turns out beautifully.

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