When I was younger, a close family friend baked us a loaf of cranberry-walnut wheat bread, I remember thinking it was the best bread I had ever eaten. At the time, I knew nothing about baking bread and the thought of someone making it homemade was so impressive to me. Now I know how simple and enjoyable it can be. You don’t have to be a well-seasoned baker to have fresh bread at home.
This bread is not just for your morning toast or simply just to slice and top with butter…..although it is great eaten like that……I love it to make sandwiches with it. Especially a good turkey sandwich (Recipe will be at the bottom of this post).
Here’s My Notes:
1)If you’re new to baking bread, I suggest reading through the recipe before beginning. The key to making bread is activating the yeast. Make sure your yeast has a good date and your water is 100-110 degrees. Anything less, and the yeast will not activate, if the water is too hot the yeast will die and be no good.
2)To me, the easiest way to know if your bread is baked through, is to use a thermometer to check the internal temperature. Bread is done when it reaches a temperature of 190 degrees F.
3)If three loaves of bread is too much, simply wrap the bread up in foil and freeze. Thaw on the counter when your ready to use. Or you can share with someone special……
Whole Wheat Molasses Cranberry Walnut Bread
Yields: three loaves; Approx. 32 servings
•3 cups warm water (100-110 degrees F.)
•2 (.25 ounces) packages or 4 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
•1/3 cup molasses
•1 Tablespoons sugar
•5 cups bread flour
•4 Tablespoons butter, melted
•1/3 cup honey
•1 Tablespoon salt
•3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 (12 ounce) package dried cranberries, chopped
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
In a large bowl, whisk together the warm water, yeast, sugar, and molasses. Add in the bread flour and mix using a wooden spoon. Allow to set for 30 minutes, it will be big and bubbly.
Add in the melted butter, honey, salt, dried cranberries, and chopped walnuts. Stir with the wooden spoon until well combined. Mix in the 2 cups of whole wheat flour. Flour a flat work surface, knead dough with more wheat flour until it’s no longer super sticky, this may take an additional 2-4 cups of flour. Place the dough in a well oiled bowl, turning the dough to coat the top. Cover with a clean dish towel. Let rise in a warm place for about 1 hour or until doubled in size.
Punch down the risen dough, and cut them evenly into three loaves. Place in greased loaf pans, cover and allow to rise again until doubled in size (about 30 minutes).
Bake the loaves in a oven preheated to 350 degrees F. for about 25 minutes. I’ve baked this bread many times and my loaves are always done at 25 minutes of baking, ovens very. Enjoy !
The Best Turkey Sandwich:
Toast two slices of Whole Wheat Molasses Cranberry-Walnut Bread. Spread a thin layer of room temperature cream cheese on each slice. Add sliced or mashed avocado, season with salt & pepper. Layer on deli-sliced turkey meat, lettuce and tomato. Serve with your favorite chips or fresh fruit … you seriously have the perfect lunch.
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