Sweet and tart crunchy flavors, this bread makes a flavorful addition to any holiday meal or sandwich. Also, it makes a nice holiday gift!
Author: Walnut Marketing Board/California Walnut Commission - www.walnuts.org
Suggestions: As a food gift, package and tie with a bow!
Serves: 16 person(s)
Preparation Time: 35 mins
2/3 cup water, lukewarm (for Sponge Starter)
1 cup bread flour (for Sponge Starter)
1/4 cup white rye flour (for Sponge Starter)
1 package fresh yeast
1/2 cup water, lukewarm
1/3 cup apple cider, lukewarm
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup bread flour
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1/3 cup white rye flour
1 1/2 cup California walnuts, roughly chopped
1 cup dried cranberries
1 tsp orange zest
LOAF: In a bowl, dissolve the yeast in lukewarm water. Add the apple cider, egg, salt, flours, and sponge starter and mix the dough 6 to 8 minutes on medium speed until fully developed.
Add the walnuts, cranberries and orange zest and mix on slow speed until fully incorporated. Let the dough rise to double in volume, then punch it down and divide the dough into 2 even pieces.
Preheat the oven to 400º F.
Form each piece of dough into a greased loaf pan. Let the dough rise to its maximum volume, about double in size. Place the loaves in the preheated oven and bake until golden brown and a good crust is formed, approximately 25 minutes. Remove from the pans and let cool on a rack.
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