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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

BBA Challenge #11 - Cranberry Celebration Bread

Originally in the Bread Baker's Apprentice book, this bread is "Cranberry Walnut Celebration Bread." But what do we all know about me that makes a bread of that description utterly impossible?

The walnuts.

Because... I don't do nuts.

It actually makes me feel like a bit of a culinary failure that I don't like nuts. I think all the time about the myriad of dishes that would be opened up to me if I could just do it. But I choose not to, so I don't add nuts.

And the bread did just fine without them. In fact just look at how packed full of dried cranberries it is...

I really do love braided loaves. They are just so fun.

And being a "traditional" celebration loaf, I did two braids. A much larger one on bottom with a little bitty one on top.

A little egg wash to give it a nice finish...

And voilĂ .

I'm sorry that my "final product" pictures did not turn out any better than they did.

Overall impressions:

Delicious and beautiful. I think it would make a nice edible centerpiece to a holiday table.

Would I make it again? You betcha!


Beckypdj said...

Looks really good. Have you ever posted a video on how to do the braid? That would help me alot!

Falling Around said...

Looks DE-lish! That would make for a great holiday bread.

misterrios said...

Looks delicious and a beautiful braid! I totally loved adding the fruit and nuts, as it was so much, and I love fruit and nut breads.

Frieda said...

Beautiful! Since I wanted to give some away, I made mine into mini~loaves using a single braid technique that was so should check it out.

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

That is gorgeous!!