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Cranberry Walnut Bread Recipe

My Dear Breadman Bread Machine,how I have long neglected you!  If only I had known how delicious your bread can be and how simple it is and the amazing aromas that would fill my house,I surely would have taken you out sooner!  This is my plea to all of my readers,take out that bread machine that your great aunt Lucy got you,and you just might fall in love.  I have had my Breadman Bread Machine for about 2 years.  I used it once when I first got it,thought the bread was ok but nothing stellar (it was just a whole wheat bread) and then I lost interest.  Thanks to my sister’s inspiration and desire for cranberry bread,we made a fabulous loaf of cranberry walnut bread that was wonderful.  It was not a sweet bread,but was perfect with butter or cream cheese.  Next time,I do plan on making it with 2 TB of cinnamon and maybe I’ll add some sugar to make a more dessert / sweet bread.

Put 2 TB of honey,1 cup of water,1 TB butter,3/4 tsp salt and 1 tsp cinnamon into the bottom of your bread machine container.  It is important that the liquid and salt stays separate from the yeast at this stage.  Carefully put 1/3 cup of oats on top of the liquid and pour 2 1/2 cups of flour on top of the oats.  Make a little indentation in the flour and put 1 3/4 tsp yeast there.

Yeast Flour Bread Machine

Turn your bread machine on to the fruit / nut setting.  It will rise and stir and do lots of fun things before beeping several times.  When it beeps,add in 1 cup of cranberries and a 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts.  A few hours later,your home will smell amazing and you will have a loaf of freshly baked cranberry walnut bread that will have a perfect crust and scrumptious center,like this:

Cranberry Walnut Oat Bread

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