TwD: Baking Cranberry-Walnut Pumpkin Mini Loaves with Julia

When I saw another bread recipe for this week’s TwD assignment, I was concerned that baking more bread would cause massive problems with my vegan cleanse. Luckily, the recipe yielded three mini-loaves as opposed to big loaves and only required one egg and five tablespoons of butter. To limit my intake of the eggs and butter, I froze one loaf for company, took one to the office, and sliced the remaining mini-loaf for breakfast this week.

I made a few minor tweaks to the recipe. First, after recently buying a bag of all-purpose flour and a bag of whole wheat flour, I had no intention of buying a third bag of bread flour. Instead, I used 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour with 2 & 1/2 cups of all-purpose in lieu of the recipe’s three cups of bread flour. Second, I left out the golden raisins. Golden or not, they’re still unappetizing raisins. So, to compensate for the loss, I upped the amount of cranberries from 2/3 cup to one heaping cup.

Despite these changes, the mini loaves were delicious. The pumpkin flavor was subtle, the bursts of cranberry were pleasant, and the walnuts provided a nice, firm contrast. I was also amazed at the texture of the bread because it surprisingly had the same consistency of soft, store-bought Wonder bread. This alone made me smile.

Overall, would I make this recipe again? Probably so, if only to use up the rest of the frozen cranberries and canned pumpkin. Beyond that, I’m not sure. To me, the flavors in this recipe seemed more like a novelty and not ones I would normally use in my fall baking. To find the recipe for cranberry-walnut pumpkin loaf, head over to this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie: Baking with Julia host, Rebecca of This Bountiful Backyard.


73 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Smart Food and Fit (@LisaNutrition)
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 00:21:17

    I’m lovin’ this recipe! I just love pumpkin and cranberries together!

  2. Ei
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 00:35:18

    I’m surprised that it had the consistency of wonder bread. That’s not at all what I imagined! Yum.

  3. tokyohamster
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 01:08:40

    Mmmm soft sweet bread with pumpkin? I’m in!! This looks like it would be great for homemade gifts. I’m sure your coworkers must have been ecstatic!

  4. Food,Photography & France
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 01:28:47

    Delicious sounding loaves – nice post.

  5. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 02:06:45

    Love this pumpkin bread! Cranberries and pumpkin is a new combination for me, and looks delicious!

  6. saffronandhoney
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 02:12:46

    I love cranberries! This looks wonderful.

  7. Sarvani @ baker in disguise
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 03:23:10

    I like how the fresh cranberries stained the bread slightly.. just wish the whole recipe took lesser time!!

  8. TrafficDiva
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 05:24:08

    I don’t think Panera could bake a prettier loaf of bread!!!! Though, I agree with you regarding the flavors being “novelty”. I’d still toast it up and slather it with honey and call it YUMMMMMY!! =)

  9. libishski
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 07:12:28

    I’m not normally a fan of pumpkin but I do love pumpkin soup and love, love, love pumpkin bread so I think this will go down a treat – even if it IS a bit of a novelty!

  10. Karen (Back Road Journal)
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 07:12:28

    You are doing so well with your cleanse. The mini loaves look like they would be hard to resist.

  11. Inger Wilkerson
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 07:44:51

    I am a big bread fan so this looks good to me. If you are looking for another way to use up your cranberries, why not tray a cranberry apple crisp (see: )–another fall classic!

  12. rondamkisner
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 07:50:30

    I love that picture!

  13. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 08:30:26

    You really are serious about that vegan cleanse, good for you! The crumb is really good in your loaves. It didnยดt work for me at all. Glad you liked it!

  14. Choc Chip Uru
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 08:33:44

    What a delicious bread flavouring ๐Ÿ™‚

    Choc Chip Uru

  15. Suzi
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 08:59:27

    This looks fantastic and I like the use of the whole wheat replacing a good portion of the white. Lovely.

  16. Balvinder
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 09:14:22

    My next project is pumpkin and cranberry bread.looks lovely!

  17. Melanie @ Melanie Cooks
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 09:33:22

    It’s hard to replicate the texture of the Wonderbread at home, so the texture alone makes this recipe a winner!

  18. ceciliag
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 09:58:46

    I agree that pumpkin and cranberry are a surprise and probably delicious combination.. good morning.. c

  19. Geraldine Saucier
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 10:09:22

    Beautiful loaves. I agree, adding cranberries instead of raisins is the way to go:)

  20. loavesandstitches
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 11:12:38

    Lovely! I always double the recipe because I hate having leftover pumpkin to deal with.

  21. Three Well Beings
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 12:24:21

    The bread really appeals to me. I had to laugh with the comment about golden raisins, as I am one who really likes raisins in my baked goods. I always chuckle at how firm that dividing line between “like” and “hate” is in raisins and currents. My mouth is watering! Just as soon as I can… ๐Ÿ™‚

    Oct 02, 2012 @ 12:45:44

    Your bread looks gorgeousโ€ฆThis one was a hit in my house and I would definitely make it again!

  23. Baking is my Zen
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 13:45:26

    I’m with you about the softness of the bread feeling ‘store bought’…if I make it again, I’ll use less cranberries. I prefer more ‘bread’ than fruit.


  24. isthisakeeper
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 13:51:18

    My tasters commented on the consistancy of the bread too…they loved it! Yours rose so nicely!!

  25. ambrosiana
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 15:06:07

    very creative and delicious loaves! Perfect for this season!

  26. jora
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 15:46:59

    Are you still doing the vegan cleanse? I’m impressed!

  27. Ckay
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 16:08:42

    I love it toasted! A pity you won’t make it again.
    Ups when I read you blog it suddenly downed on me that the second time I’ve made mine, I’ve also replaced 1/3 of the flour with ww flour… Hurring home to correct my blog. thank you!

  28. Norma Chang
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 16:09:20

    I would leave out the raisins too. Like your whole wheat flour substitute.

  29. Jenn and Seth
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 16:19:27

    such lovely bread! i’ve never tried pumpkin and cranberry together, i’m intrigued!

  30. hotlyspiced
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 16:55:15

    I always know when it’s Autumn in your part of the world because that’s when I start to see so many pumpkin recipes. I think the bread looks lovely but yes, it would interfere with a vegan cleanse! xx

  31. Sara
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 17:08:11

    Love the colors of this bread – the pop of red cranberries against the orange bread is super festive!

  32. Healthy cooking Blog
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 17:08:33

    Looks very wholesome and healthy

  33. Julia
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 17:18:40

    Your loaves look great. Certainly not a food for a cleanse ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. The Squishy Monster
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 17:24:59

    Soft sweet breads are my favorite and not only that, this just screams Autumn–looove it!

  35. Cindy Harris
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 17:43:58

    This was an interesting recipe–I think it took most of us by surprise. We liked it, but I like just about everything!
    Your photos are beautiful. Have a great day.

  36. Cher
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 17:44:08

    I think I would have rather had more cranberries than the raisins too!
    Good thinking

  37. greyhousejournal
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 17:58:06

    I like your honest comments about the recipes you’ve made. Personally, it’s more helpful than just saying it was good. Also, I would have done the same with the raisins, not a raisin fan. Pretty looking bread though!

  38. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 18:06:13

    It sure makes a pretty bread…love the colors!

  39. gfcelebration
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 19:09:58

    Pumpkin in nearly anything is one of our favorites, so this recipe was definitely a hit.

  40. thatskinnychickcanbake
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 19:37:52

    Perfect loaves, my friend! I used crasins in place of the raisins….not a huge fan, either ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. muppy
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 19:48:10

    these look and sound divine ๐Ÿ™‚ i like your changes.

  42. My Daily Bread Body and Soul ... Pray Cook Blog
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 20:50:01

    What a fun time baking with you! Your loaves look delicious and lovely! Blessings, Catherine

  43. Elaine
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 21:04:14

    Your bread looks wonderful. It’s good to know that they tasted good with the mixture of flours. I also loved the burst of flavor from the cranberries.

  44. Sprout Health Lifestyle
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 21:40:41

    yes!! delicious bread, and they are mini loaves? What could be cooler?

  45. beansylovescake
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 21:43:25

    Love that warm lighting! Looks so inviting. I agree that this recipe isn’t a go-to, but it was good!

  46. kitchen therapy
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 22:30:14

    I’m with you on this one, it looks great, but not sure if I’d make it again.

  47. Stefanie
    Oct 03, 2012 @ 00:43:13

    The bread looks amazing, and gotta love that it had such great texture. It’s too bad it wasn’t as delicious as it looks… But nicely done!

  48. Tandy
    Oct 03, 2012 @ 00:51:46

    I also would not add raisins, or the walnuts! I love your frank assessment of the recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

  49. Recipe Junkie
    Oct 03, 2012 @ 00:55:05

    Know what you mean about the ‘novelty’ but it looks very pretty!

  50. Katerina
    Oct 03, 2012 @ 04:53:53

    Perfectly made for this season! They look very tempting!

  51. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    Oct 03, 2012 @ 05:26:34

    You beauty! perfect for Autumn but I’d eat it anytime. ๐Ÿ™‚

  52. Mary
    Oct 03, 2012 @ 05:44:52

    Good for you – I love how you adapt the recipes to fit your lifestyle – I’m hugely impressed with your lengthy vegan cleanse
    Mary x

  53. Kim (Feed Me, Seymour)
    Oct 03, 2012 @ 06:51:54

    I’ve never been a big cranberry lover but this combination sounds fantastic! I definitely can get on board with this bread. Must try it soon!

  54. Baker Street (@bakerstreet29)
    Oct 03, 2012 @ 07:37:04

    I’m heading over right now to check out the recipe, it sounds amazing. ๐Ÿ™‚

  55. Trevor Sis Boom
    Oct 03, 2012 @ 09:18:30

    Not much of a bread baker myself but I’m enjoying seeing everyone’s efforts here. Your bread looks amazing. Can I have some to make some french toast?

  56. kitchen flavours
    Oct 03, 2012 @ 09:21:21

    Lovely loaves! I would definitely love this with a thick spread of salted butter! And don’t forget that mug of hot black coffee!

  57. forgottenbeast
    Oct 03, 2012 @ 09:28:16

    Gorgeous loaves! I’d totally leave in the golden raisins–I love the idea of a fruit and pumpkin loaf. Although I can see it being a once-or-twice a year thing and not a regular everyday recipe.

  58. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Oct 03, 2012 @ 14:25:08

    I always appreciate your honesty. The loaves look fabulous and oh so autumn-y!

  59. rebecca
    Oct 03, 2012 @ 16:29:07

    wow what a fun seasonal bread

  60. WordsFallFromMyEyes
    Oct 03, 2012 @ 16:41:03

    YUM, Yummychunklet, YUM ๐Ÿ™‚

  61. Zoe
    Oct 03, 2012 @ 17:25:28

    These beautiful loaves are so perfect to eat for the fall season.

  62. Simply Life (@SimplyLifeBlog)
    Oct 03, 2012 @ 18:02:32

    oh wow! cranberries, walnuts and pumpkin truly is the PERFECT fall combination!!!

  63. Amanda
    Oct 03, 2012 @ 18:04:25

    So pretty! And nice to know you got a great result without the bread flour!

  64. Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today
    Oct 04, 2012 @ 09:35:16

    I did something similar but I’ve used a cornmeal. It looks amazing, will try your version as well.

  65. Alice
    Oct 04, 2012 @ 09:47:29

    were you able to find fresh cranberries or did you use canned or frozen? I haven’t made this one yet, I’m going to wait until fresh cranberries become available in the market I think…

  66. tracy
    Oct 04, 2012 @ 11:53:43

    I love baking breads this time of year. I have been baking a lot of banana bread and a cinnamon sugar bread. This will be a great, new one to try. It looks delicious.

    Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

  67. machisan
    Oct 04, 2012 @ 12:05:41

    I’m hungry for it just looking at the pictures

  68. cquek
    Oct 04, 2012 @ 12:06:48

    I’m hungry like a scavenger

  69. Beth
    Oct 04, 2012 @ 12:40:58

    Your loaves look so pretty with the cranberries bursting through!

  70. Bam's Kitchen
    Oct 08, 2012 @ 20:08:56

    I would like a couple of slices toasted with a tad of butter please. Looks gorgeous.

  71. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Oct 08, 2012 @ 20:30:44

    I love these – it’s been too long since I’ve seen cranberry recipes. I’m glad that it’s getting to be that season.

  72. guineapigfood
    Oct 09, 2012 @ 18:50:26

    You can use the leftover pumpkin puree for pumpkin cupcakes! The rest of the frozen cranberries can be used for home made cranberry dressing for turkey ๐Ÿ™‚ (I haven’t made my loaves yet, so I’m not sure how much of each you have leftover, though…)

  73. Zen and Genki
    Oct 10, 2012 @ 12:10:30

    You had me at “Cranberry” ๐Ÿ™‚

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