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Tuesdays with Dorie: Cranberry Walnut Pumpkin Loaf

I can’t think of anything more therapeutic to do as you recover from root canal surgery (as I was this past weekend) than making a loaf of bread which took over 24 hours. No, seriously. I mean it.  When you’re kind of out of it and feel like you are pushing your way through cotton wool, making a loaf of bread that forces you to SLOW down is actually a pretty good way to get back in the swing of things.  This Tuesdays with Dorie recipe – Cranberry Pumpkin Walnut Loaf (p 108) is not a quick bread as I initially thought but a yeasted fruit loaf that turned out to be like a denser version of the raisin bread I so love. But 24 hours – seriously?

Yes, seriously.  I started baking this bread late afternoon Saturday and it was only ready around 5pm on Sunday.  Not difficult at all, just an exercise in patience.  You start out with butter and sugar, beating until smooth. Then you add egg, pumpkin purée and finally the yeast and dry ingredients. It’s supposed to act like brioche dough though the last time I made brioche was a long time ago and I couldn’t remember what it was like at all. Then this dough rests for a couple of hours at room temperature. During which mine did not rise. Like not even a bit. Not. At. All. Oh well, I didn’t bother punching it down before I stuck it in the fridge overnight and then when I woke the next day, it still had done nothing.  I took it out of the fridge and wrapped the bowl in a blanket and stuck the digital thermometer inside, waiting the nearly 4 hours it took to reach 64˚F. Then I shaped the still not risen loaf into a wrong-sized loaf tin (I halved the recipe which was to make three smaller loaves. I made one mid-sized loaf) and let it rise for 2 more hours. Still hardly any movement. Oh well. I put it in to bake and was very surprised to see how gorgeous it looked after 35 minutes in the oven. So pretty and orange. It felt a little heavy but I let it cool enough to slice it. Even Mr Neil who dubiously accepted the slice I proffered thickly buttered was impressed. It tasted “like real fruit loaf”. Yes it did. Not sure why the rising never happened but the end result was pleasant. Look, good things really do come to those who wait!

This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie, Baking with Julia was hosted by hosted by Rebecca at This Bountiful Backyard and you can find the recipe posted on her blog. Tuesdays with Dorie participants do not publish the recipes on our blogs except if we happen to be the host for the week, rather, we prefer if you purchase Baking with Julia for yourselves which you can do here on Amazon or Amazon Canada. Or for free worldwide shipping, buy from The Book Depository. Then join us, baking along at Tuesdays with Dorie. Go on, you know you want to.

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35 Responses to Tuesdays with Dorie: Cranberry Walnut Pumpkin Loaf

  1. Jue October 2, 2012 at 05:07 #

    Mcm sedap saja tu kek..heheh

  2. Liz October 2, 2012 at 05:40 #

    Beautiful photos, Mardi! I don’t think my palate is sensitive to notice the extra flavor from the overnight resting period…I’m awfully impatient when it comes to having fresh bread :)

  3. Belinda @zomppa October 2, 2012 at 07:08 #

    That, my friend, is a labor of love. Start on Thanksgiving morning and have it for brunch on Sunday! Hope your surgery went well!

  4. Jill @ MadAboutMacarons October 2, 2012 at 08:16 #

    Mardi, glad to hear you’re recovering from the root canal surgery. Had it done not long ago and it’s still giving me grief. This looks so colourful but I’m too impatient to do the long recipes like this. You’ve ‘proved’ it was obviously worth it! ;-)

  5. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen October 2, 2012 at 09:34 #

    You made a great loaf Mardi! And I´m glad you liked it also. My yeast seemed to not be working either at first. Probably something with the recipe? I know it happened to a few others too. Anyway, have a great week!

  6. Carie October 2, 2012 at 15:10 #

    Sorry about the surgery, but I am glad you got to make the bread. I love bread baking and this one is a good one.

  7. Marlise October 2, 2012 at 16:40 #

    For not rising a smidge, your bread came out great!

  8. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction October 2, 2012 at 17:09 #

    This looks like a great recipe! Not sure why it took so long for the bread to finally rise for you, but I’m glad it did. The end product looks fabulous! This makes me want to go do some baking. Thanks for submitting your post for the KB challenge!

  9. Paula October 2, 2012 at 18:06 #

    You must be feeling so much relief after your dental surgery! Hope the healing goes well. I’ve never made a bread that took 24 hours to complete but this loaf certainly looks like it would be worth every second. What a pretty bread. Even though yours did not rise as it should, it still looks like it baked up to taste wonderful anyway and that’s what really matters.

  10. Cher October 2, 2012 at 18:37 #

    Oral surgery bread, huh?
    You are definitely conquering yeast this year.

  11. cindy October 2, 2012 at 19:12 #

    Yes it is beautiful. I struggle with patience so this was a good recipe for me!
    Have a great week.

  12. Julia October 2, 2012 at 19:46 #

    Your loaf looks great.

  13. Gillian and Inge October 2, 2012 at 20:46 #

    Love how orange your bread looks from the pumpkin. I think a lot of people found that this bread did not rise much, though we chose to omit the yeast entirely in ours. Baking powder minus the lengthy prep worked out too. Great photography.

  14. The Food Hound October 3, 2012 at 21:54 #

    This would make a fabulous savory panini! Maybe some brie or something equally as rich. Yum yum!!!

  15. Cathleen October 5, 2012 at 23:47 #

    Beautiful looking loaf!

  16. Betsy October 6, 2012 at 18:30 #

    Congratulations for popping up in today’s Daily Buzz top 9 (Cranberry treats today). Always fun to spot someone one I know.
    Funny that my bread seemed almost overactive on the rising with this one. Not sure what the difference was. However, you loaf looks lovely, and I just loved the taste of this as well.

  17. baker in disguise October 11, 2012 at 05:37 #

    love the colour of your bread!! looks soo soo good!!! and yes…24 hours!!! didnt expect that.. foudn that a bit too much!!!

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