12 BBA: Cranberry Walnut Celebration Bread

This is the 11th bread in the Bread Baker's Apprentice Challenge. If you want to join, go to Pinch My Salt for more information. There are more than 200 of us in the challenge and more joining every day!

This bread is an enriched, mildly sweet dough that is supposed to have walnuts in it. I am sure it would be wonderful with walnuts, but I made them without, as per my 16 year old's request.

The recipe gave me the choice of using orange or lemon extract and I chose orange. I couldn't quite taste it in this bread~I prefer using orange juice and orange zest, like in my orange roll recipe.

This bread had a great taste and texture, but was not one of my favorites.

However, rolling and shaping it was so much fun!

A loose craisin escaped...gotta tuck that back in!

This is the technique of braided challah from one piece of dough.

It was so simple, so easy!

Left side goes underneath the right...

Take the bottom loop and twist it to the right...

(it's starting to sound like a dance move, huh?)

See that free end on the right?

Just tuck it in the loop.

Ta Da!

Brush the surface with a beaten egg. Trust me on this!

It will make your bread golden and shiny....

The cranberries, orange and walnuts remind Peter Reinhart of Thanksgiving dinner.

This would make an awesome turkey sandwich, don't you think?

Next week, is English muffins. Now that's a bread I can get excited about!


  1. I would definently have to add walnuts. I love them and they make anything betterin my book. I will have to try this recipe. Thanks

  2. It looks absolutely fabulous! I'm only on the second bread, looking forward to getting this far :)

  3. This reminds me of my bread twirling days at Pretzel Time!... Feel free to share anytime!

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  5. Wow - love the step by step instructions. Now I think I could do it!

  6. Wow, you make that one loop braid look so easy. I'll have to give it a whirl (or is it twirl?)

  7. Just look at how cute that little loaf is. I was thinking this might make a good gift loaf. Now I know how to do the little braids. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Love the way you did the braid. Beautiful job.

  9. I do like that braid! I'll give it a try sometime, though not on challah--the 6-strand braid matters there. Thanks for the excellent instructions on how to do it.

  10. That does look easy! I will love making those at Thanksgiving time, but the technique I could use for many different breads. Thanks for the suggestion! English muffins are next, and they don't look very hard, but I sure do love them!!!

  11. I love your instructions on doing the rope and twisting it around. I never thought of making up my own knot-you got me thinking outside the box now!! Thanks!!


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