I decided to go for a sweet bread this week. And since I had one lone orange wrinkling in the fruit bowl, too dry to eat, it sparked the idea for this. The zest was still salvagable and I managed to get a little juice from it. And what goes good with orange? CRANBERRIES!! Plenty of dried fruit in my pantry! So giddi-yup!
Ingredients: 2-3 cups bread flour 1 cup whole wheat flour 1/2 cup oats 1 1/2 tsp instant yeast 1 tsp salt 2 tsp sugar 1 egg zest of 1 orange, plus its juice 1/2 cup dried cranberries 1- 1 1/2 cup warm water at 120F
First off, grate the zest, and squeeze the juice of an orange. Set aside. In a big bowl, mix the whole wheat flour, 1 cup of the bread flour, yeast, salt, sugar and orange zest. Heat the water to 120 and add the orange juice and cranberries. That way, the crans will soften a bit!! Pour the liquid in the flour mix and whisk with a fork, add the egg and another cup bread flour. When it starts coming together transfer to the kneading surface and keand for 8-10 minutes, adding more flour if necessary. When it's all smooth shape into a ball and put it in an oiled bowl and rise until doubled, about 45 minutes. Gently punch it down, knead for 1-2 minutes and shape to fit a loaf pan, or into an old-fashionned loaf and rise again for about 30 minutes, until double in size. *I was gonna do it on a tray but then decided otherwise. I like the big slices I get in the loaf pan, the bread always gets nice and tall. After the second rise, brush with eggwhites and sprinkle some oats on top. bake in a 350F oven for 35-40 minutes. When it's done it'll sound hollow when tapped. Take it out of the pan immediately and cool on a rack. I had a couple slices for lunch, with goat's cheese and coleslaw...the sweetness of the bread go really nice with the tartness of the cheese.