Cook2 hrs 15 mins
A wonderful bread made in the bread machine for any time of the year - but it is especially delicious on Christmas Morning, and throughout the festive period. I always make my famous "The Day after Christmas Sarnies" - Sandwiches - with this bread! (That recipe is also posted on RecipeZaar) I find it difficult to get hold of fresh cranberries where I live, so this recipe uses dried cranberries, but I am sure it would work equally as well with fresh ones too.
- Place all the ingredients, EXCEPT the walnuts & the dried cranberries, into your breadmaker in the suggested order; mine is wet first, then dry & then the yeast last.
- Put the walnut pieces & dried cranberries into the Extras tray - if your breadmaker does not have an Extras tray, add them manually in the last knead.
- (Also, if your breadmaker's slot for Extras is small, add some of them by hand when the Extras tray opens!).
- Bake on White 2lb Rapid Medium crust OR White 2lb Normal Medium crust with the Extras setting if your bread maker has it.
- When the bread has finished baking, remove from the breadmaker carefully, with oven gloves, and allow to cool on a cooling rack.
- Remove the paddle BEFORE slicing, if it has remained in the bread.
- Great with: Cold Meats, Cheeses, Salads & Cream Cheese and also made up as my famous Christmas Sarnie(Sandwich)!
I love this bread. It was the first and best one that I made in my new bread machine and I've made it several times since. I ran out of cranberries and tried it with cherries today and it's great. I'm a big cranberry fan, so I'll go back to them, but this is one of my all time favorite breads. Thanks so much for sharing it.
I made this load just before Christmas. I reduced the size by using 400g of flour and the rest of the ingredients in proportion. It baked perfectly and when cut it looked great. I found it a bit too sweet for my taste, but then I found that the dried cranberries were very sweet, as they were preserved with a lot of sugar. Next time I will reduce the quantity of sugar. It made great ham sandwiches. A very good recipe to add to your collection - and mine!
I loved this bread! I am a big fan of cranberries (a little-used fruit here in Oz) so I am always looking for new ways to put them into my cooking. I substituted Pecans as I have a freezer full of them and the result was great - excellent with cold meats!!