Saturday, January 30, 2010

Dried Cranberry and Walnut Bread~

I am quite passionate about baking~

But so is Passionate About Baking~

Many times..I have stepped into her beautiful blog to stop and admire..This time I stopped admired and tried~

La Recette~ Courtesy Of Passionate About Baking~

Dried Cranberry & Walnut Stick
adapted from Sour Cherry & Walnut Stick, Ottolenghi - The Cookbook
160ml lukewarm water (not more than 30C; I used a little extra)
2 1/4 tsp tightly packed fresh yeast (or 1 1/2 tsp active dried)
1 tbsp olive oil
40ml orange juice (from about 1 large orange)
200gm plain flour
50gm whole wheat flour
65g buckwheat flour
1 tsp salt
50g dried cranberries (or sour cherries)
50 gms walnuts, roughly broken up into pieces
Oil to oil bowl

Put the yeast into the warm water & stand for 10 minutes, then add the orange juice, olive oil & salt. Stir to mix well.
Mix the flours together in a big bowl, and knead with yeast mixture for 8-10 minutes into a smooth and silky dough, adding a little more water if required. Knead in the cranberries & walnuts. Put into an oiled bowl, cover with cling wrap & leave in a warm place to double.
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Trying not to beat too much risen air out, pull the edges so that they all met in the centre to form a puffed round cushion shape.Using a long object, divide the dough into 2 equal spheres.Press down a little & fold one half over he other. Crimp the edges with your fingers like you were making Cornish pastry. Now roll this on th floured surface to create a torpedo like baguette shape. Lay it gently on a floured tea towel, cover loosely with cling film, and leave to rise in a warm place for another 45 minutes.
Heat the oven to 220C, place a bowl of hot water on the base. Roll the bread off the tea towl onto the baking sheet gently so as not to lose air. Use a sharp serated knife to give it 3 diagonal slashes, 1cm deep.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, till the bottom sounds hollow when tapped. (I baked for about 30-35 minutes). Leave to cool on a wire rack.

I am very glad I did stop by..It's wonderful~

My Notes..I made the dough in my bread machine~ The is..


  1. Oh, Monique - this bread looks amazing. I've been looking for a good dried cranberry & walnut bread. My sister and I shared some a few years ago and we've been hunting for a recipe ever since! Serendipity!

    Beautiful photography, as always!

  2. Your passion is obvious, Monique. :) It's a lovely, rustic loaf you baked. The bread is basking in that glowing light. :)

  3. Monique, there are only a few people whose recipes I bother to spend the time converting to Am. measurements....Yours are some of them! This sounds like a wonderful bread & even more so since I have a HUGE tub of dried cherries, courtesy of some friends in Michigan, where cherries are abundant.
    This will be the perfect way to put some of them to good use.
    Thank you for sharing the recipe & your lovely photos as well.

  4. What a beautiful loaf and you know I love dried cherries :) I can only imagine how good this tastes!

  5. Monique, I'm passionate about everything your make.

    I bet that would be wonderful with one of Quebec's artisan cheeses.

  6. What a gorgeous loaf, Monique! That's a bread to aspire to. Very lovely . . .

  7. I love this bread... and I have sour cherries in the pantry... even the package is lovely!

  8. Oh my, is that gorgeous or what! It's a stunning loaf Monique, and thank you for your kind words! I'm really glad you enjoyed the bread. I've made it again, twice!

  9. What wonderful looking bread and I don't do bread as much as I should -- this loaf looks amazing and I love the dried cranberries and walnuts -- when I read what it was I was thinking tea bread -- alas, it is but it isn't -- it's a great bread for ANY time of the day!


  10. Monique your passion is apparent in everything you do. It's true, and this is a perfect example.

    Thank you for finding and sharing the recipe ~ I would like it with cranberries, too.

    Beautiful images (always!) xo

  11. Je ne fais jamais de pain et pourtant je rêverais de sentir son odeur dans ma cuisine !
    Your bread looks so good, and above all, continue to share your passion with us, je suis toujours impatiente de lire tes recettes

  12. Your bread looks wonderful. Thephoto is a stunner for sure. The sour cherries take it to another level. I can tell I'm going to love this one.
    Have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  13. Love the rich dark color...Beautiful my passionate friend, xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

  14. Nice job.

    I've been nervous to really give bread a go, but you've inspired me. I think a little later this week (the weekend is reserved for lots and lots of Valentine's cookies).

  15. Your bread looks perfect!

  16. I too am passionate about bread making. In fact I attended an artisan bread class last night!
    I would love a slice of this with a schmear of better, please!
    May have to tackle this next.
    Lovely pics.

  17. Such a lovely looking bread. I never met a bread my tummy didn't like. I could live on bread alone! Plus a little water ;)

  18. This looks spectacular Monique...
    I actually have the Ottolenghi cookbook and it is a real winner...
    I love the look of this bread...I will have to try it as well...
    Once my virus and my computer's virus
    clear up....back to cooking and baking and reading...and posting!

  19. This bread is a little chunk of heaven! Cranberries or cherries would be equally as good, don't you think? Although cranberries have a little more bite.
    It's a beautiful loaf and I love the buckwheat flour...

  20. What a pleasure to visit with you:)
    It makes bread baking even more rewarding.
    There was not a Home Economics class where I grew up and went to school..
    So slowly..I bought books..did trials that were quite atrocious..and started learning more on the internet later on in life..
    I really have learned more here than anywhere.
    Thanks to everyone that shares so much..
    It's true isn't it? How much we all learn here?
    The bread is foolproof..I am proof:) Enjoy..I used to have access to a whole grain flour that literally had grains in it..I wish I still did..It would be great in this also..

  21. the walnut bread is my favourite one. I'll try this version with cranberry : it could be a good afternoon snack for my little one. thanks and kisses

  22. I can almost hear the crunch from the brown sweet and nutty crust. I am passionate about baking, as well. My daughter used to say that was my specialty. Trouble is, butter tastes so good on warm bread. I like Ann's idea of the cheese with it. Mmmmm!


  23. Bonjour Monique, j'aimerais beaucoup faire ce pain et tu mentionnes l'avoir fait dans ta machine à pain. Est-ce que tu as changé la quantité des ingrédients où tu as seulement suivi l'ordre du fabricant comme nous sommes habitué? Car moi les petites canneberges ça me parlent beaucoup, miam!

    Passe une belle soirée.
    Josée xx

  24. This bread looks quite rustic, just the way I love it. Thank you for the recipe, Monique.


  25. Hello, I came from Lori's. Bread is my weakness and I am so weak at the knees right now looking at your photos, your bread looks so delicious. Kathy.

  26. What a wonderful rustic looking loaf of bread.

  27. Oui Josée.j'ai utilisé la machine en plaçant les ingrédients commme le manufacturier le conseille..ingrédients liquides avant tout.. j'ai choisi l'option:"Dough" ne fais janais cuire mon pain dans la machine.. Puis,je l'ai moulé à la main et je l'ai laissé reposer dans la pièce la plus chaude de ma maison..ensuite.. je l'ai enfourné~

    Bon succès.. Good luck..~

  28. Monique, I am going to try this bread, I have wanted a recipe like this for ages! Thank you for stopping by, I feel like I have a week of caching up to do!!!
    Margaret B

  29. What a beautiful loaf of bread, Monique. I know I would love all the flavors and texture. It's just calling out for a nice pat of butter.

  30. this looks amazing... i will have to give it a try... i would like to say... if i pay for shipping can you pop it in the mail to seattle??? he he... x pam

  31. beautiful...everytime I come here i can only use that word :)

    your first two lines made me chuckle :))

  32. Gorgeous bread. It would be the star attraction in any boulangerie in France.

  33. You know, a few years ago I tried a similar bread from WF's bakery, and wanted to replicate it home. So I asked on the CF for help. Unfortunately, the recipes didn't turn out well.
    In any case, I'm overcome with Baker's Joy, because I believe my search is finally over.
    Messy bird coop Monique and Passionate About Baking!

  34. Lovely lovely bread both here and on Deeba's blog. My now I want to bake it too.

  35. Bonjour Monique, ce petit pain nous a beaucoup plu les saveurs ont très bien accompagné notre fromage, miam!! Merci pour le partage.

    Passe une belle journée.