December 14, 2009

2nd HBin5 Bonus Bread

The second bonus bread for the Healthy Bread in 5 is a delicious Whole Grain Challah with Cranberries, Orange and Walnuts. I had leftover Cranberry Relish that I had frozen after Thanksgiving, so I used that in place of the orange zest, dried cranberries and nuts. It turned out great! I made half the recipe again - after all there are just two of us! Based on reviews from other HBin5 "Braiders" I added an extra teaspoon of Vital Wheat Gluten and used White Whole Wheat Flour. While I didn't get much of a rise in the oven, the texture and taste are wonderful. I'm wondering if the lower oven temp has something to do with the lack of "spring." You'll have to head over to Michelle's blog for the recipe - she's our fantastic leader.



Using half the recipe, I was able make two braids and one crown. Here they are before rising.

Look at that crumb, baby!! Moist and delicious.

16 comments:

Michelle said...

Such nice even braids! Love the round loaf. How did you do that? Just make a long strand and wrap it around?

Heather B said...

Great job on your braids (and crown)! They all turned out beautifully!

Cathy (breadexperience) said...

Mmmmm...your braids look delicious and moist. Did you use white whole wheat? I used regular whole wheat flour and my loaves were a little denser. Still tasted great though.

Ezzie said...

I love your idea of using the left over cranberry relish. I still have some left that I'll use when I make this again this coming weekend. I didn't have any problems with the rise but I swapped out the amounts for the AP and WW. You might try that! Great post!

Joanna said...

Wow, your braids look absolutely perfect!

happy acres said...

Beautiful braid and great crumb. I didn't think about using the leftover cranberry relish! I didn't make mine since I didn't have the time but could have with the relish. Thanks!

girlichef said...

Oh, they're so pretty...and your crown, love it!

Femalechef said...

Great job!!!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Beautiful braids and I love the round swirl! I found the loaf I made after the bread was in the frig for 24 hours turned out much better than the first.

Cristie said...

Your crown is beautiful and your braids look perfect! It looks as if you've been doing this for a long time- lovely bread.

GA Jane said...

Your bread looks so yummy!
I love this braid. I would never have thought of changing the recipe like you did! Makes me want to start another batch!

Kim said...

I like the idea of baking a crown, although I have to admit that I would be scared to try and shape one!

Joanne said...

Those braids look super soft and fluffy - the perfect texture. Cranberry relish sounds like a great idea for stuffing. Yum!

Jenny said...

Pretty breads! The cranberry relish sounds like a perfect substitution. Bet it was good with some nuts in the bread.
~Jenny~

Bread Over Heels said...

All the loaves look great! Cranberry relish is a great idea!

Danielle said...

your bread is beautiful1 I love the little crown...great idea for that last little bit of dough. I had only made half the recipe and was about to do 2 loaves and one other litte thing as well.