Bread and Bisquits

Orange Cranberry Nut Bread


1-1/2 tsp yeast
2 cups bread flour
grated orange zest from one orange
3/4 tsp salt
4 tsp white sugar
2 Tbsp + 2 tsp Nonfat dry milk (or use warm milk instead of 1/2 cup water)
2 tsp butter
1/2 cup warm water (or 1/2 cup milk if not using dry milk)
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla or orange extract
1 tsp lemon juice
1/3 cup dried, sweetened cranberries or craisins (I prefer 3/4 cup)
1/3 cup chopped, toasted walnuts

If using a bread machine to prepare the dough, follow the order of wet/dry ingredients for your machine. Add the fruit and nuts at the appropriate time, or knead them into the dough at the end.

If not using a bread machine, dissolve the yeast in warmed water or milk. Add the remaining ingredients except for the fruit and nuts. Mix together and form dough. Knead for about 5 minutes, then knead in the fruit and nuts.

Place dough in a glass bowl, let rise until double in size covered with plastic wrap or a dampened flour sack towel.

Knock back the dough, Place in greased bread pan. I use a round pyrex dish.
Let the dough rise a second time, almost doubled in size.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes.