Cranberry Grain Loaf

Cranberry Grain Loaf

Sweet and tart crunchy flavors, this bread makes a flavorful addition to any holiday meal or sandwich. Also, it makes a nice holiday gift!


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Serves: 16 person(s) Change

Preparation Time: 35 mins
Cooking Time: 25 mins
Extra Time: 2 hrs
(for dough rising and bread cooling)

Yield: 2 x loaves (8 slices per loaf)

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  • 1/2 package fresh yeast (for Sponge Starter)
  • 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 egg
  • 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


SPONGE STARTER: In a mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast in the water. Add flours and mix for 5 minutes on slow speed with a dough hook. Let rise for one hour.

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 400ยบ 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.


As a food gift, package and tie with a bow!

Thanks to Walnut Marketing Board/California Walnut Commission -

Nutritional Info (per serving)

CALORIES 188 cals
Kilojoules 785 kJ
Fat 7.8 g
Saturated Fat 0.8 g
Cholesterol 12 mg
Sodium 152 mg
Carbohydrates 26.2 g
Fiber 3.0 g
Total Sugars 6.4 g
Protein 4.9 g
Calcium 19.0 mg
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