Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Challah With Dried Cranberries and Orange Zest
This is my first contribution to the Healthy Bread in Five Group, led by Michelle. I ran out of time in November to make the first Bread Braid. This braid seemed right up my alley - the dried cranberries and orange zest just seemed to sing out "holidays" to me! I mixed up half a batch of the dough, using King Arthur White Whole Wheat and King Arthur All Purpose flour. I did use the wheat germ (although mine was toasted), and I accidentally added the full amount of orange zest from the basic recipe. I allowed the dough to refrigerate for three days before heading back to my braid. I made two small braids from the batch, and sprinkled each loaf with raw sugar before baking. Since I was trying to save myself time, I baked both loaves in the oven, but it took a little longer to finish up the baking, so I baked them for about 40-45 minutes. Even with the added orange zest, I found that the flavor did not really come through (perhaps because I used dried zest reconstituted with orange juice...). The bread was delicious! I think the next time I make this, I will make it into mini-loaves for sharing with others, and I think it would also make a good sandwich bread for leftover turkey... :) Thanks Jeff for a great recipe! I can't wait to see what everyone made, and to start the book in January!