Sunday, February 21, 2010

Cranberry-Walnut Celebration Bread: Baking Through the Bread Baker's Apprentice

I didn't have anything to celebrate (seeing as I have to go back to work tomorrow), but this is the next recipe in The Bread Baker's Apprentice so celebration bread it was. If you actually had people over for some kind of celebration, this bread is bound to impress--a double braided loaf crammed with fruit and nuts. After messing up the challah, I got the braiding technique right this time, but found that my loaf rose a little lopsided. Oh well. It still tastes great. The recipe is not on Google Books, but you really should buy a copy of the book.

GENERAL NOTES
1. I used pecans instead of walnuts since I had no walnuts.
2. I did not have enough dried cranberries, so I used a mix of cranberries, dried cherries, and some leftover candied orange peel from Christmas. It was actually really good.

VEGAN NOTES
1. I subbed an equal weight of soy yogurt for the eggs.
2. I subbed soy milk for the milk.
3. I subbed margarine for the butter.
4. I used plain soy milk instead of the egg wash. As you can see, you can still get that deep brown and glossy crust without egg whites.

11 comments:

Pete said...

Love the aroma of freshly baked breads!

Kris said...

This looks great!

keith said...

I have never made bread even once in my life! This one looks awesome! Walnuts are good brain food (just read it in psychology today magazine :-)

Renee said...

Since I don't have any eggs to measure the weight, do you have a standard weight that you use for each egg? Been meaning to ask for awhile.

JENNA said...

I love that you are baking your way through that book! Its something I've always wanted to do and was just talking to my husband about it a few months ago. I just need to stop being lazy now and do it.

Jess - The Domestic Vegan said...

Ooh, yum! That picture is gorgeous.

Eva said...

Looks amazing. As always. Wish I could have some of that bread.

Eva said...

Looks amazing. As always. Wish I could have some of that bread.

Vegan Dad said...

Renee,
Reinhart gives weights for the eggs in his recipes, so I just follow that.

Amey said...

Vegan Dad - I just want to say how much I am LOVING these bread posts. They are so amazing and inspiring... and also they make me so hungry. I rarely let myself make (or buy) bread, because I just can't stop myself from eating it all! :)

Snooky doodle said...

this looks delicious! I d like to have some right now :)