Sunday, August 2, 2009

Cranberry Walnut Celebration Bread

Bread Baker's Apprentice

I'm playing catch up with my Bread Baker's Apprentice Challenge and made Peter Reinhart's recipe for Cranberry Walnut Celebration Bread (which you can get from his book above, starting on page 154-156.) This was a wonderfully lemon-scented bread studded with cranberries and walnut. I loved how beautiful they came out and really enjoyed the ease in making them too!

The dough for this bread is made with flour, yeast, salt and sugar... followed by butter, lemon extract, eggs, and milk. Once these ingredients are combined, cranberries and walnuts are introduced while it kneads.

After kneading, the dough can be formed into a double decker braid, three braid, batard or boule. Since I plan on giving this bread as gifts, I decided to make three small boules with the dough. These boules were brushed with an eggwash and left to rise.

When the boules finished their first rise, I brushed them once again with eggwash before baking until golden brown. I love how colorful these are with the cranberries mixed in!