TwD Baking with Julia: Cranberry Walnut Pumpkin LoafOctober 2, 2012
I was excited when I saw that the Tuesdays with Dorie group was baking a pumpkin recipe this month. I had my first pumpkin spice latte of the season recently, and that got me primed for pumpkin. Steve Sullivan‘s mini Cranberry Walnut Pumpkin Loaves were just the fall treat I needed.
This is a yeast bread featuring pumpkin, fresh cranberries, toasted walnuts, and raisins. After an overnight rest in the refrigerator, it’s divided into three pieces to make three mini loaves. It rose well and browned nicely in the oven. The bread, while not overly pumpkin flavored, has a soft texture which is a nice contrast to the juicy cranberries, crunchy walnuts, and chewy raisins.
I had high hopes for this, and ended up liking it even more than I expected! I gave one loaf to my mom and planned to give another to my neighbor, but I decided to slice and freeze the third loaf so that I can grab a slice or two whenever I want. I bet it will be good toasted.
Break out of the quick bread rut and give this a try! You can find the recipe on page 108 of Baking with Julia. Thank you to Rebecca of This Bountiful Backyard for hosting this week. She has the recipe posted on her blog today.