October 2nd …and the recipe selection for the baking group, Tuesdays with Dorie: Baking with Julia, is Cranberry Walnut Pumpkin Loaves. (pages 108-109)
Host baker: (recipe can be found on her blog)
Rebecca at This Bountiful Backyard
I halved this recipe to make a loaf and Monkey Bread.
This bread recipe is not one you can make in a couple of hours…it’s a two-day process. I enjoyed it. My taste testers liked it too.
This is not a sweet bread, but the dried cranberries gave it some sweetness. Recipe called for cranberries and raisins. I just used dried cranberries, aka, craisins. Roasted walnuts were added as well.
Process for making the bread:
Dough was made, proofed, and chilled overnight.
Shaping the dough: After dough was removed from fridge, it was kept on counter for six hours. Dough was then shaped in loaf form and proofed again.
After 2nd proof (2 hours), loaf was placed in oven to bake.
Just baked…cooled on a rack for 5 minutes, then loaf was removed from pan and cooled on wire rack.
Found inspiration from a blog which had a recipe for Pumpkin Monkey Bread.
A website, The Kitchn, had a post named, 15 Ways to Make Monkey Bread. I chose the idea by blogger, Sugar Crafter, to switch up today’s loaf recipe into Monkey Bread.
Pumpkin Monkey Bread with Pumpkin Spice Glaze
After inverting the Monkey Bread out of the pan, I drizzled it with a pumpkin spice glaze. Definitely sweet…and definitely good…
Pumpkin Spice Glaze
Amounts can be adjusted to your preference
2/3 cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons milk
1/8 teaspoon pumpkin spice
Pinch kosher salt
Wisk all ingredients in a bowl. Pour over Monkey Bread. Enjoy!
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Before Adding To Batter
Why go through the extra step of roasting nuts before adding them to a batter, which will then be baked anyway? I have tried both ways, and there IS a difference. Baked products taste better with roasted nuts. The oils in the nuts are warmed and the flavor is intensified.
Nuts go rancid quickly. Keeping nuts in the fridge retards staling.
Roasting the nuts can be done on the stove top, over low heat, or in the oven, at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Roast for about 6-8 minutes. Do not exceed roasting time.
How To Toast Walnuts – Video by Emily Luchetti
Enjoy the pumpkin season…
…and the Fall season…
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Peace in Baking,
Baking is my Zen…sweet nibbles for the soul
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