Have you ever eaten at the Atlanta Bread Company? They have an incredible turkey sandwich on their menu that is served on Cranberry Walnut bread and it is AMAZING! I love the flavor of the cinnamon infused bread with the tart cranberries and crunchy walnuts. I could eat it everyday but the problem is I live in Chattanooga which is about an hour and half drive to Atlanta. This makes it very difficult to enjoy as often as I want to…so I had to figure out a way to make it at home! I tried several recipes but this one is the best, I think. I love the addition of oats, which helps to create a tender and moist loaf. You can cut down the dried cranberries and walnuts if you want, but I like plenty!
Not only is this bread fantastic for a turkey sandwich, it also makes a wonderful breakfast or snack, toasted and slathered with a little (or alot) butter:). When I make this loaf, I slice it and keep half in the freezer for later. It freezes really well!
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- 2 and ¼ teaspoons Baking Yeast ( or one packet)
- 2-3 cups bread flour (original recipe called for 3 cups, but I usually use 2½ stop when dough cleans side of bowl and isn't too sticky.
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil
- ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
- ¾ cup chopped walnuts
- ¾ cup dried cranberries
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine yeast, one cup flour, oats, cinnamon and salt.
- In a large measuring cup (or small bowl), combine water, oil and syrup. Heat to warm up --not tool hot but nice and warm for the yeast to activate easily (I did this in the microwave for 1 minute because my maple syrup and water was cold from the fridge).
- Add liquid ingredients to the dry mixture in the mixing bowl. Using paddle attachment, beat on medium speed for 4 minutes.
- Gradually add in the remaining flour and knead with dough hook 5-7 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Add in the walnuts and cranberries and knead gently by hand until combined.
- Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl, turned to grease the entire dough ball. Cover and let rise until dough tests is double in size--an hour or two depending on how warm your kitchen is.
- Place dough on lightly floured surface and punch down to remove air bubbles. Form into a (approximately) 14 x 7-inch rectangle. Starting with the short side, roll up tightly to form a roll. Pinch edges and ends to seal. Place in a greased 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Cover with a clean towel and let rise until indentation remains after touching.
- Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Unless your dough is rising in the oven. Then wait.
- Bake at 375 degrees F for 30-40 minutes (depending on your oven--check at 30 minutes). Should be golden brown. Brush with butter while hot. Remove from pan and let cool before slicing.