Friday, December 23, 2011

Orange Cranberry Walnut Loaf

December has been a fun, social month, full of lots of eating.  Last weekend I went to a ladies brunch with my best girlfriends in the city.  We each brought something to contribute.  Unfortunately, the egg and meat dishes were claimed first, so I decided to bring the carbs.  This loaf of bread, which I made in my bread machine, came out absolutely perfect (that rarely happens).  A nice crispy crust, a light, soft center, a great crunch from the walnuts, and tons of bright citrus flavor.  I found the original recipe on allrecipes.com and adapted it slightly for the ingredients I had in my pantry.

1 1/8 cups orange juice
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons honey
3 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon dry nonfat milk powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1 cup sweetened dried cranberries
1/3 cup chopped walnuts

Place ingredients in the pan of your bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. I selected the basic white bread cycle, and 1.5lb loaf.  Press Start.  Add the walnuts and cranberries at the beep.






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