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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Cashew nut & Cranberry Loaf –Delicious, Fruity & Nutty Bread

Nuts add a very crunchy effect to the dishes they are put in. I was longing for a long time to bake a simple fruit & nut bread. The cranberry packet which I had shopped for was just depleting as we were munching it around for its sweet & sour taste. Finally it was high time as I was left with just one forth cup which I quickly infused into my today’s baking.
So here comes from my Grand Veg Kitchen a delicious, fruity & nutty bread…..
Cashew nut & Cranberry Loaf

2 & 1/2 Cups - All Purpose Flour
1/2 Cup - Whole wheat flour (Atta)
1 + 3/4th tsp –Instant Yeast
1/4th Cup – Dried Cranberries
1/4th Cup – Cut Cashew nut pieces
2 Tbsp – Olive Oil
2 Tbsp – Sugar
1 tsp Salt
1/2 Cup –Milk
1/2 to 3/4th Cup water –Requirement depends as per kneading

Method :

1. Take milk in a small vessel and dissolve sugar. Just warm the milk and add instant yeast and mix well. Cover and let it rest for 10-15 minutes and it turns frothy.
2. In the meanwhile mix sieve together wheat flour, all purpose flour and salt. Now add olive oil and mix well. Add the yeast mixture frothed & knead well adding the water little by little gradually. Knead for 10 minutes. The dough should be soft and not sticky.
3. Expand the dough a little and spread the dried cranberries and cut cashew nut pieces on it as shown in the picture.
4. Now with light hands knead the dough only till the cashew nut and cranberry gets mixed up evenly. Do not over mix.
5. Now shape it into a loaf shape and place it in a greased or foil wrapped loaf tin.
6. Cover it with a damp cloth and keep it in a warm place for an hour or till the dough is raised to nearly double its size. During summers the dough raises just in an hour and it takes nearly two hours to rise during the winters.
7. Bake it in a preheated oven at 190 degree C for 20 minutes on center rack or till the bread turns golden brown. Take it out from the oven after five minutes and remove it from the tin and keep on the rack to cool.
8. Smear a little butter on top with a brush or with your finger tips & slice it with a sharp knife only once its cooled completely.

The nuts add a crunchy effect while the cranberries leave a fruity taste to this soft milk bread.

Colorful Slices

Note: As I use instant yeast only one rising is required.


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