Tuesday, October 2, 2012

TWD ~ Cranberry-Walnut Pumpkin Loaves

Baking with Julia ~ TWD ~ Cranberry-Walnut Pumpkin Loaves
It's pumpkin season! Halloween is near and our recipe for this weeks Baking with Julia is a spectacular Cranberry-Walnut Pumpkin Bread! An ode to fall!  It’s not your baking soda quick bread version, rather a wonderfully aromatic yeast bread that is moist, rich and so delicious! A Pumpkin bread that is reminiscent of a brioche and, is so perfect for this time of the year. 
I found this recipe easy to mix…first whisking the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt together…set aside. In a small bowl, mix water with yeast and rest for about 5 minutes.  In a mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar till creamy.  Then add the pumpkin and egg and beat until blended. I had pumpkin in my freezer left over from last years crop of pumpkins so, I thawed it the night before I intended on baking my bread. A perfect use of my frozen pumpkin and so much better than the canned stuff.Add the yeast to the mixer and then start to add the flour.  Change to a dough hook and mix and knead for about 10 to 15 minutes.  It took me about 5 extra minutes to get a good dough.  This dough is treated similarly to a brioche. It is left to rise till doubled in size, then deflated and refrigerated overnight.  The next day the dough has to rest at least  3 to 4 hours.   Divide the dough into thirds and place in three small 5¾ inch by 3¼ loaf pans.  Let rise 1½ to 2 hours till doubled in size, then bake.  Now be ready to enjoy this wonderfully delicious bread.  I cut the first loaf while still warm and, enjoyed it with some butter…Incredible!! I think next time it would be wonderful to make a spiced butter with some ginger or cinnamon.  I know there will be a next time. This will definitely become part of my fall baking repertoire! 
When I left to visit my son in Atlanta; I packed up the two remaining loaves and we made some french toast with it in the morning…delectable! This was a great pick and I’m so glad I was able to squeeze it in before I left for vacation!  Happy Tuesday, everyone!
This is posted in participation with the Tuesdays with Dorie baking group. The recipe for Cranberry, Pumpkin & Walnut Loaf can be found on the site of this week's host ~ Rebecca at This Bountiful Backyard.




Yeast mixed with water
Pumpkin and eggs added to butter mixture
 Starting to form a dough…it took me about 20 minutes of kneading
Adding the fruit and nuts
Mixed and ready to rise
The next day, after the dough has warmed and risen….divide and place into prepared pans
Beautiful and ready for the oven
I brushed each loaf with a bit of milk to give them a shine and let them cool
A spectacular delicious bread….welcomes Autumn 
Delicious with butter or just plain…I enjoyed mine with my cup of tea!

29 comments:

  1. Except for the pumpkin, it really looks like our Portuguese "bolo rei" (we eat it at Christmas), so it must be great.

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  2. As usual something extra for the 'kids'... it looks absolutely delicious. Your pictures are once again wonderful.

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  3. Pretty! I'm glad it turned out well!

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  4. So pretty! I'm glad they turned out so well.

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  5. This sounds wonderful! I can't wait to try it!!

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  6. this sound terrific and looks great!

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  7. Spiced butter - I agree! Beautiful loaves.

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  8. Perfectly done, Kathy! I don't think I let my dough warm up enough the next day...rats.

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  9. Wonderful pictures! And your bread looks great too.

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  10. Now where is the picture of the french toast :) The bread looks perfect!

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  11. Oooooh, french toast with this bread sounds wonderful! Your loves look absolutely perfect, Kathy!

    It is good to be back. I missed you too!

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  12. Gluten free bloggers can only dream of bread that rises that high. Gorgeous!

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  13. Your bread is perfect--beautiful loaves! I'm glad you tried french toast, that's what I want to do with my remaining loaf. This was one delicious bread--BWJ did it again!

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  14. What a lovely write up of this bread. It made me want to make it all over again.
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos!

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  15. What a gorgeous loaf! I do not get fresh cranberries but I guess dried would work as well... I love to make my own bread and this looks so amazing!

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  16. I'm in love with the flavours of this loaf, utterly fantastic my friend :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  17. Those are 3 absolutely lovely dough loaves!! They rose so beautiful and tall. Your son must have been thrilled...well he may not have jumped up and down (boys never do...do they??) but I'll bet he gobbled up that french toast. I think I will not resist making this since I am addicted to making brioche at this time of year. With pumpkin in it?? Oh, gosh.

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  18. Kathy, your three Cranberry-Walnut Pumpkin Loaves look like utter perfection - I cannot believe that they rose so well and baked up so perfectly. The detailed pictures are wonderful too, everything just terrific, what a great post!

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  19. oooh, this would be yummy with spiced butter - great idea!

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  20. Kathy, your loaves are beautiful!! Great job. Wonderful idea making French toast :)

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  21. Oh gosh is it that time to start baking and putting cranberries in things? Yikes. But darn these look good! Almost worth saying good bye to summer. Almost. Still seems a bit warm here for cranberries but I'd love waking up to some of this bread!

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  22. Beautiful loaves! I got the book, will have a look at the recipe!

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  23. Yum, Kathy! This loaf came out perfectly. Three marvelous autumnal flavors all combined under a golden brown crust - what more could anyone ask for? (maybe a steaming cup of chai tea to go along!). Wonderful work here.

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  24. Gorgeous loaves of pumpkin cranberry bread, wow, they look just perfect -I love these flavors in a yeasted bread;-)

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  25. French toast--YES!! I totally had that thought while eating a fat slice this morning. Next time I bake this (there will be a next time for sure) I will make a large loaf to use for french toast. I can taste it already......!!!

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  26. Oh, Kathy! Such amazing loaf breads with the cranberries and walnuts. Never had yeasted pumpkin bread before. It's magnificent and over the top delicious! Love your photos, as well:)

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  27. Dear Kathy, What delicious pumpkin loaves. These will look so beautiful on the Thanksgiving table. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

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  28. This reminded me of brioche too. I loved the texture of this bread. Using it for French toast sounds wonderful. I have one loaf in the freezer, so I'll have to try that when I thaw it out.

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  29. Beautiful looking loaves! Love the picture of the dough on the hook with all the cranberries. I had a hard time keeping them incorporated into the dough.

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