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Cranberry Nut Bread #1

Dried cranberries, raisins and pecans combine with mace and allspice in this moist sweet bread to make a holiday bread par excellent. This bread stores well and actually becomes tastier as it sets. Make loaves ahead, wrap in aluminum foil to freeze for later gift giving or family holiday meals.

This recipe makes 1 loaf
Water1/3 cup1/2 cup
Evaporated milk1/2 cup2/3 cup
Butter, room temperature3 TBSP1/4 cup
Salt1+1/2 tsp2 tsp
Sugar1/4 cup1/3 cup
Mace1/2 tsp3/4 tsp
Allspice1/2 tsp3/4 tsp
Oatmeal1/2 cup2/3 cup
Bread Flour3 cups4 cups
Active Dry Yeast2+1/4 tsp1 TBSP
Raisins1/4 cup1/3 cup
Dried cranberries1/2 cup2/3 cup
Pecans, coarsely chopped1/4 cup1/3 cup
Bread Machine Method

Place room temperature ingredients in pan in order listed. Select SWEET or BASIC setting and MEDIUM crust. Raisins, dried cranberries and pecans can be added 5 minutes before end of last kneading. Check dough consistency after 5 minutes of kneading. The dough should be in a soft, tacky ball. If it is dry and stiff, add water, 1/2 to 1 TBSP a time. If it is too wet and sticky, add 1 TBSP flour at a time. Remove bread when cycle is finished; cool. See our Bread Machine section for more helpful tips and information.

Traditional Method

Using ingredient amounts listed for 1+1/2 lb. loaf, combine yeast, 1/2 cup bread flour and other dry ingredients, except raisins, dried cranberries and pecans. Combine water, evaporated milk, and butter; heat to 120° to 130° F; butter does not need to melt. Add to flour mixture; beat 3 minutes on medium speed. Add egg; beat 1 minute. By hand, stir in raisins, dried cranberries, pecans and enough remaining bread flour to make firm dough. Knead on floured surface 5 to 7 minutes until smooth and elastic. Place in lightly greased bowl. Cover; let rise until dough tests ripe.

Shaping, Rising and Baking

Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; punch down to remove air bubbles. Roll or pat to 14 x 7-inch rectangle. Starting with shorter side, roll up tightly, pressing dough into roll with each turn. Pinch edges and ends to seal. Place in greased 8 x 4-inch bread pan, seam side down. Cover; let rise until indentation remains after touching. Bake in preheated 350°F oven for 45 to 55 minutes until well browned. Remove from pan; cool on rack.


You can substitute Instant (fast-rising) yeast for Active Dry Yeast. Traditional methods- replace 1:1. Expect your dough to rise faster; always let your dough rise until ‘ripe’. Bread Machines- use 1/2 tsp Instant yeast (or 3/4 tsp Active Dry yeast) per cup of flour in your recipe. Visit our Lessons in Yeast & Baking for more information on baking.



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