Cranberry Walnut Celebration Bread

The Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge: No 11. Cranberry Walnut Celebration Bread

It's time for another installment of my attempt to bake my way through Peter Reinhart’s wonderful book, The Bread Baker's Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread.

The eleventh recipe in the Bread Baker's Apprentice Challenge is Cranberry Walnut Celebration Bread.

I was looking forward to making this impressive looking sweet & spiced bread baked in a double braid. It all went according to plan, the dough came together wonderfuly and the kneading seemed effortless. I made two braids; a big one and a smaller one. I put the small braid on top of the large braid and set it aside. Yup, it was all good until the final proofing. I left the dough to proof too long and the bottom braid knocked the top braid off to the side. Disaster! I tried in vain to coax the little braid back on top of the main one but no luck. It was a mess. Sigh.

I decided to bake it anyway and although it may not have been as pretty as I would have liked, it was absolutely delicious. The flavour is sweet with just a hint of spice. Perfect served with an afternoon tea or coffee. Enjoy!

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Up next: English Muffins!


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

It must taste heavenly! Magnificent!



Amanda said...

I would have never known that you had had a disaster. How pretty!

Priya Suresh said...

Fantastic bread!!

Barbara Bakes said...

It looks pretty perfect to me!

Elle said...

It looks perfect to me! Doesn't even look like you had an issue.

NKP said...

Yum, great loaf!
Don't worry about double braid capsizes.. we have all had them!
Bet it tasted wonderful anyway.

veggievixen said...

oooh, looks so good! it almost seems like challah bread, which is one of my favorite things to make :)

omg, making english muffins is so fun! have a blast.

À LA GRAHAM said...

That looks so good...wish I was at your house! I just found your blog and LOVE it!

Kerstin said...

What a pretty loaf of bread - it looks perfect!

Soma said...

What a splendid loaf of bread!

Tia said...

beautiful shine!

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