A Slightly {Sweet} Cranberry Treat

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To {sweeten} the day a little I thought I would share one of the tastiest bread recipes that I’ve come across in a long time. Maple syrup, cinnamon and cranberries are {the perfect match} that add a touch of {sweetness}; While crunchy walnuts and {hearty} oats create a {lovely} texture. Even though baking homemade bread is NOT at the top of my list these days with a little one around, this recipe sounded worthy of my time and just too yummy to pass by!

CRANBERRY-WALNUT OAT BREAD

Source: slightly adapted from rachel cooks

INGREDIENTS:

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup quick-cooking oats

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 package yeast

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons water

1 tablespoon of canola oil

1/3 cup pure maple syrup

1 cup chopped walnuts

1 cup dried cranberries

DIRECTIONS:

1. Combine the yeast, only one cup of flour, the oats, the cinnamon and the salt in a large mixing bowl—If you have a stand mixer, use it.

2. In a small microwavable bowl combine the water, oil and maple syrup. Heat in the microwave until the liquid reaches 120-130° {lukewarm temperature}.

3. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry mixture. If you have a stand mixer use the paddle attachment {otherwise you can use a regular hand mixer}. Beat the mixture on medium speed for 4 minutes.

4. Gradually add in the remaining flour and knead with the dough hook {if you have a stand mixer} for 5-7 minutes. If you don’t have a stand mixer then you can knead the dough by hand until it is smooth and elastic.

5. Add the walnuts and cranberries and knead by hand until combined.

6. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover it with a towel or loosely in plastic wrap and let it rise until it’s doubled in size {about 2 hours for me}.

7. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and punch it down. Roll out the dough into a 14 x 7-inch rectangle. Starting with the short side, roll up the dough tightly to form a roll. Pinch together the ends and the edges to seal the bread. Place in a greased 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Cover the pan with a clean towel and it let rise for about 30-60 minutes.

8. Bake the bread at 375° for 30-40 minutes. Remove it from the pan and let it cool on a drying rack.

This bread is wonderful warm out of the oven, simply plain or toasted with a little butter. Whichever way, it’s sure to be LOVE at first bite!

I hope your day is especially SWEET on this Valentine’s Day,

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