Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Baking with Julia - Cranberry and Pumpkin Loaf

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Just wondering, is there anyone else out there who completely missed the mark with this recipe? I somehow had it into my head that this was a quick bread, more of a cake even. Imagine my surprise when I go to make it and not only is it a proper bread, it has to rest in the fridge overnight! Aaaah!

Now I could have just made it properly another day but I was psyched for pumpkin and cranberries and knew I wouldn't get another chance before posting day. I even had steamed pumpkin leftover from the night before ready and waiting to be mashed. (We can't buy canned pumpkin or pumpkin pie filling in Australia).

So instead I pulled out my trusty bread maker and made it in there. 

Granted it's not exactly the same as in the book, but the basic elements are all there - pumpkin, cranberries, spices. Yum! I didn't use any walnuts as I didn't have any on hand and I wanted to make it child friendly.
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Luckily my breadmaker cookbook had a recipe for pumpkin bread already so I just had to tweak it slightly. Let me tell you, the aroma wafting through the house as this was cooking was to die for! And it was ready in just 3 1/2 hours!

Pumpkin and Cranberry Bread in the Breadmaker

200ml water
1 tbs melted butter
1/2 cup mashed pumpkin
1 ts salt
1 tbs brown sugar
100g wholemeal flour
350g white bread flour
2 ts ground cinnamon
1/2 ts ground nutmeg
1 tbs milk powder
1/2 ts bread improver
1 1/4 ts instant dried yeast

1/2 cup dried cranberries

Add all ingredients except the cranberries to your breadmaker in the order listed above. Select the 750g loaf size, basic bread setting and medium crust. If you have a fruit and nut dispenser, add your cranberries in there and make sure you select 'Nuts - Yes' so they will be added automatically. Otherwise add in your cranberries after the first mix. Press start and wait just a couple of hours for your delicious bread to be ready!

The taste test ...

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Just gorgeous! It was amazing fresh out of the 'oven' but sliced up the next day and toasted it was possibly even better. There wasn't much pumpkin flavour but it did add a lovely colour and helped to keep the bread  moist. My boys loved it toasted for breakfast with a big glass of milk and my pumpkin-hating husband had a taste before he knew it contained pumpkin and declared it 'really good.' Success!!!

Our host this week is Rebecca at This Bountiful Backyard. Make sure you check her blog for the proper recipe or give mine a go if you're time-poor.


  1. Your loaf looks gorgeous. I thought this would be sweet like a quick bread. I thought the flavors a bit too subtle for my taste.

  2. Looks wonderful and I too loved the smell.
    Glad you made it work for you. Baking is about making changes that work--this worked!

  3. I did as you did and skipped the refrigeration. ;) We enjoyed the loaves as well!!

  4. I love that you were able to do this in the breadmaker! The wait times for this one were just too long to manage if you weren't ready for them.

  5. Nice job! My boys like this bread as well.

  6. Wow, it looks great! What a beautiful bread! Thank you for sharing the recipe for the breadmaker.
    I was lucky to have read the full recipe well in advance, but still don't know if the bread really needs an overnight rest in the fridge or not...

  7. Looks great! I think a lot of us had the idea this was going to be a quick-bread!

  8. This was a nice bread - I was glad that I had read the recipe ahead of time and realized it was a yeasted bread BUT, I didn't read far enough down to realize it needed an over night rest...

  9. I like the shape of your loaf! I too missed the little detail that this wasn't a quick bread but a yeast bread. I definitely prefer the yeast bread, but I didn't overnight in the frig. Turned out great anyway! Blessings, Catherine www.praycookblog.com

  10. I read the recipe ahead of time and thought I was all prepared on this one, but sadly my bread didn't rise. Yours looks delicious!

  11. Nice improv! Yes, I thought it was a quick bread too. Fortunately, I glanced at the P&Q post far enough in advance to recover. Your bread looks great.


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