Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Cranberry Swirl Bread

While looking through the Taste of Home Annual Recipes for 2009, I came across this recipe. I remembered I still had some cranberries frozen in the freezer when they were on sale at Christmas and figured I should use them up sooner rather than later. This will be turned into French toast for either dinner on Friday or breakfast on Saturday.

Cranberry Swirl Bread-Taste of Home 2009
1 cup all purpose flour
2-2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup(or 5 tbsp butter)
2 1/4 tsp yeast
1/2 tsp salt

In a small saucepan, combine milk, water, butter and heat to 120-130 degrees. Meanwhile combine, yeast, flour and salt. Add in milk mixture and beat, slowly add in remaining flour until a soft dough forms(may not need all of the flour). Need for 6 mins using a dough hook or by hand until smooth and elastic. Place in greased bowl, cover, and let rise in warm place for 1 hr or until doubled.

Punch dough down and roll into a 20X10 inch rectangle.

While dough is rising, work on filling and allow to cool.
1 cup chopped fresh or frozen cranberries(I kept mine whole)
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup water
1 tbsp butter
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped(omitted)
1 tbsp lemon juice(omitted)

Place cranberries, sugar, and water in smalls saucepan and and let simmer about 15 mins until cranberries start to pop. I did help mash some of the berries. Take off heat and add in lemon juice, walnuts, and butter. Allow to cool.

Spread over dough to within 1/2 inch of  the edge of the dough. Roll jelly-roll style starting with longer edge. Seal seam. Place in zig zag(or snake shape) into a bread pan loaf that has been greased. Move onto topping...

2 tbsp whole wheat flour
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp butter, divided

Melt 1 tbsp butter. Combine sugar and flour, cut in 1 tbsp butter until crumbly. Brush melted butter over the top of "snake" and sprinkle topping over it. Cover "snake" and let rise for 40 mins. Bake at 350 for 40-45 mins until the bread sounds hollow when tapped.

**This was excellent and it was so pretty too! K was throughly impressed with how good it looked and raved about how yummy it was, which isn't like him at all! I would like to try it with blueberries next time. Or any berry would work well!


  1. What a beautiful and tasty loaf of bread.

  2. that sounds really good... hmmm might have to try that one some time soon

  3. what a unique loaf of bread! My husband would love this with blueberries! I'm bookmaring this for when we go blueberry picking this summer!

  4. The bread looks amazing Heather. I love the color and the random zig zag of the berry swirl. Too cool! I'm bookmarking this recipe :)

  5. I'm drooling on my keyboard right now....mmmm

  6. sounds tasty heather...i didnt know you had started blogging! great idea! im going to try this with blueberries tomorrow...i was going to do it tonite, but it got to late and still have baths to do!!! let u know how it turns out