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Cranberry Orange Braided Bread

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Cranberry Orange Braided Bread Recipe Cranberry Orange Braided Bread Recipe

This holiday sweet bread is great for gifting, or for sharing at a festive breakfast or brunch. Its subtle orange flavor; soft, tender crumb, and surprise sweet fruit and nut filling are sure to please gift recipients and guests alike.

At a glance

Prep
Bake
Total
Yield
one 12″ to 14″ loaf.

Nutrition information

Ingredients

Starter

  • 1 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup cool water
  • 1/8 teaspoon instant yeast

Dough

  • 2 1/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons SAF Gold instant yeast*
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) soft unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk, white reserved
  • 1/4 teaspoon Fiori di Sicilia flavor*
  • grated peel of 1 large orange
  • *See “tips,” below.

Filling

  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 3/4 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup Sticky Bun Sugar*
  • *See “tips,” below.

Topping

  • pearl sugar or sparkling sugar, for decorating

Starter

  • 4 1/4 ounces King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 4 ounces cool water
  • 1/8 teaspoon instant yeast

Dough

  • 9 1/2 ounce King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons SAF Gold instant yeast*
  • 2 3/8 ounces granulated sugar
  • 2 ounces soft unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk, white reserved
  • 1/4 teaspoon Fiori di Sicilia flavor*
  • grated peel of 1 large orange
  • *See “tips,” below.

Filling

  • 3 ounces dried cranberries
  • 3 ounces walnuts
  • 1 3/4 ounces Sticky Bun Sugar*
  • *See “tips,” below.

Topping

  • pearl sugar or sparkling sugar, for decorating

Starter

  • 120g King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 113g cool water
  • 1/8 teaspoon instant yeast

Dough

  • 269g King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons SAF Gold instant yeast*
  • 67g granulated sugar
  • 57g soft unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk, white reserved
  • 1/4 teaspoon Fiori di Sicilia flavor*
  • grated peel of 1 large orange
  • *See “tips,” below.

Filling

  • 85g dried cranberries
  • 85g walnuts
  • 50g Sticky Bun Sugar*
  • *See “tips,” below.

Topping

  • pearl sugar or sparkling sugar, for decorating

Instructions

  1. To make the starter: Combine the starter ingredients, cover, and leave at room temperature overnight.
  2. To make the dough: Mix the starter with the dough ingredients, kneading until elastic and satiny. Let the dough rise in a greased, covered bowl for 1 to 2 hours, until puffy.
  3. Divide the dough into three pieces. Flatten each piece into a 6″ x 12″ rectangle.
  4. Mix the filling ingredients together, and spread each rectangle with some of the filling.
  5. Starting with a long edge, roll each rectangle into a log. Braid the logs together.
  6. Cover the braid, and allow it to rise for 1 to 2 hours, until puffy.
  7. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  8. Combine the egg white with 1 tablespoon water, and brush onto the braid. Sprinkle with pearl or sparkling sugar.
  9. Bake the braid for 30 to 35 minutes, until golden brown; a digital thermometer inserted into the center should register 190°F.
  10. Remove the bread from the oven, and transfer it to a rack to cool.
  11. Yield: one 12″ to 14″ loaf.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size1 piece (71g)
  • Servings Per Batch14
Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories240
  • Calories from Fat80
  • Total Fat9g
  • Saturated Fat3g
  • Trans Fat0g
  • Cholesterol50mg
  • Sodium220mg
  • Total Carbohydrate35g
  • Dietary Fiber2g
  • Sugars11g
  • Protein6g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.

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