I always love to bake my own bread, trying out classic recipes and sometimes adding my little twist to the original creations.
So far I haven't tried cranberry in my baking and this is going to be my venture this week. If you have a bread maker, it will cut down all the manual work but I made my bread by hand from start to finish. This gives a great satisfaction and learning process, you can tell by mixing the dough whether it has a perfect balance of water, butter and flour.
This Cranberry Yeast Bread makes one big loaf but I turned mine into 3 strand braided loaf. The method varies slightly from regular yeast bread by spreading some butter and sprinkle with brown sugar before final shaping. Am surprise to see the bread still not very sweet, the way I like it.
Everyone in my family loved this Cranberry Yeast Bread, It was a complete success! This recipe is definitely a keeper and will be used often.
CRANBERRY YEAST BREAD RECIPE
Yield : One loaf
250 g bread flour
50 g butter
2 tsp instant yeast
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup dried cranberries
1 egg (reserve 2 tablespoon for glaze)
3 tablespoon melted butter
3 tablespoon brown sugar
In a small saucepan, melt the butter, add in milk and remove from heat.
When the milk is warm to touch add in yeast, sugar, salt and an egg. Stir well.
Pour milk mixture onto flour, stir with wooden spoon. Mix in cranberries. Knead by hand for 7 minutes or use a mixer until smooth and elastic,
Cover and let it rise for 30 minutes.
Punch the dough down, knead for 1 minute until smooth. Cover and let sit for another 30 minutes.
Knead again, roll out dough into rectangle. Spread butter evenly on the surface, sprinkle with brown sugar, leaving 1 in border around the edges. Starting from the long side, roll up tightly, pinching edges as you go and forms into a log.
Flatten the log, with a sharp knife, divide into 3 equal portions, add more flour if needed. Roll each into a long thick rope about 11 in long. Join the 3 ropes together at one end and start braiding. Tuck in the ends.
Place dough onto baking pan, let it rest for 1.5 hour. Towards the end of raising time, preheat oven @ 190 C.
Brush with egg wash, bake for 20 minutes @ 190 C until golden.
Other bread recipes:
Homemade Apple Rolls
Monkey Bread From Scratch
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