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Rustic Cranberry & Orange Bread

Studded with cranberries, slices of pretty bread make the perfect holiday brunch treat. Don't forget to dust the top with flour for artisan look! —Megumi Garcia, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min.+ rising Bake: 50 min.+ cooling
  • Makes
    1 loaf (16 slices)

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1-3/4 cups water (70° to 75°)
  • 3-1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon cornmeal or additional flour
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 4 teaspoons grated orange zest

Directions

  • In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in water. In a large bowl, mix 3-1/2 cups flour and salt. Using a rubber spatula, stir in yeast mixture to form a soft, sticky dough. Do not knead. Cover; let rise at room temperature 1 hour.
  • Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Pat into a 9-in. square. Fold dough into thirds, forming a 9x3-in. rectangle. Fold rectangle into thirds, forming a 3-in. square. Turn dough over; place in a greased bowl. Cover; let rise at room temperature until almost doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch down dough and repeat folding process. Return dough to bowl; refrigerate, covered, overnight.
  • Dust bottom of a disposable foil roasting pan with cornmeal. Turn dough onto a floured surface; knead in cranberries and orange zest. Shape into a 6-in. round loaf. Place in prepared pan; dust top with remaining 1 tablespoon flour. Cover; let rise at room temperature until dough expands to a 7-1/2-in. loaf, about 1-1/4 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 500°. Using a sharp knife, make a slash (1/4 inch deep) across top of loaf. Cover pan tightly with foil. Bake on lowest oven rack 25 minutes.
  • Reduce oven setting to 450°. Remove foil; bake until deep golden brown, 25-30 minutes longer. Remove loaf to a wire rack to cool.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 129 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 296mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • Susan
    Oct 28, 2019

    This turned out very well. The texture and taste of the bread is really nice and once baked made a pretty loaf. I think it would make a nice loaf of white bread without the added cranberries and orange zest. But it is a real treat with them added. Also, toasts very well! Will add it to my recipe book!!

  • 2009Sammie
    Oct 24, 2016

    The first time I made this bread it came out good. However, In the directions it says to punch down and use the folding process. After rising the first time, it was still sticky so I couldn't do any folding. I basically poured it onto a baking tray after it was in the refrig. over night and baked it. Like I said it came out really tasty but wondering if the flour amount was correct.

  • MelissaJewell
    Nov 27, 2015

    This bread is amazing! My mom gave me the recipe a year ago. Try making it with 1 1/2 cups of dried cranberries and 7-8 teaspoons of orange zest. If you don't like the cornmeal, just use flour for step 4.

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    Jan 6, 2015

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  • jlbowlby
    Jan 6, 2015

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