TwD Baking with Julia: Cranberry Walnut Pumpkin Loaf

October 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.


  1. I’m just about ready to break the pumpkin out of my cupboard, and these loaves would be a perfect way to use it!

  2. Your loaves look great! Glad you enjoyed it – I did too.

  3. the fresh cranberries .. i love the way their stain the bread just that little bit and then pop out bright red from the crust on top!! I prefer mine toasted!!

  4. Your breads look perfect and your photos are really great!

  5. Perfect bread cross-section….I enjoyed the bread too…(willl do less cranberries next time)


  6. I was going to give a loaf away but I put it in the freezer. Some one suggested making french toast with it. I’ve got to try it. We love id.
    Have a great week.

  7. I don’t blame you for keeping it. I made one big loaf two days ago and it is almost all gone. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I have eaten close to most of it myself.

  8. Love the way the color of the fresh cranberries comes out in your bread. We didn’t have any luck with finding fresh cranberries, so had to use dried instead. Great job.

  9. They look delicious!

  10. I agree- even better than expected. Love it when that happens

  11. You are so right — break out of the quick bread habit and fall in love with this recipe! Blessings, Catherine http://www.praycookblog.com

  12. This looks delicious!!!!! Love the bumpiness!

  13. They are so cute!
    I hope your neighbour hasn’t read your blog… he’d complain and ask “where’s my bread?”

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