***When I think about Christmas foods, cranberries are close to the top of my favs for this festive time of year. ***
Hope you enjoy this reblog that features a yummy alternative for traditional fruitcake.
A beautiful loaf, brimming with the flavours of cranberries and Mandarin oranges.
Happy Baking and Week! :<)
I really do love cranberries! And for so many reasons. 😉
Their unique taste,beautiful deep red color, nutritional value, even their shiny, glossy texture! The interesting way they are grown and harvested.
And of course, their special significance at Christmas and all the memories that enjoying cranberries over the years, conjures up. 🙂
My blog-bud Caroline Brown over at Earth Friendly Gardeninghas graciously agreed to do a co-post (new blog word???LOL) on cranberries.
I’m providing a cranberry loaf recipe (see end of this post)and Caroline shares her wisdom on this fall fav. fruit in this archive post from:
Cranberry Mandarin Christmas Loaf
I know I’ve learned a thing or two about cranberries, reading Caroline’s post. 😉
I hope you enjoy reading these interesting facts about this beautiful berry and do give the Cranberry Mandarin Christmas Loaf recipe a try too.
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These buns are never-fail, always delicious, all-purpose (great for veggie burgers, with soups, dinner rolls etc…) and just plain good.
I recently tried them ‘vegan-style’ (see options in recipe) and they worked out just fine. I also like to vary the ingredients a bit, using sunflower seeds in lieu of flax seeds, omitting the fresh rosemary and adding other herbs like savory and thyme instead. Just remember to keep the proportions the same and the ball of dough while kneading in machine should be a firm, not sticky texture (see notes below).
BREAD-MACHINE ROSEMARY FLAX BUNS
Use your bread machine for so much more than just loaves of bread!
Try these VERY easy to make delicious and fragrant buns. Makes 10 large “hamburger” buns or 20 small dinner rolls.
1 C. warm water
½ C. milk or soy milk
2 T. butter or good-quality (non-whipped) margarine (Earth Balance Original works great)
2 T. raw sugar
1 teas. sea salt
¼- ½ C. flax or sunflower seeds
1 C. whole wheat bread flour
2 T. finely chopped fresh rosemary
2 C. unbleached white flour
2 teas. REGULAR dry yeast (see note below)
Optional topping: 1 beaten egg, and poppy or sesame seeds.
Place all ingredients (except toppings) in bread machine IN THE ORDER GIVEN, do not stir, adding yeast last (do not get it wet). Select the DOUGH cycle and start machine.At end of cycle (beeper sounds on most models) remove dough and knead lightly on a floured board for about 2 minutes.
Cover dough with a damp tea towel and allow to ‘rest’ for 10 minutes. Divide into equal portions, depending on how many buns you want to make (see notes at top of recipe).Grease a cookie sheet or baking pan (use metal tins for even baking). Roll each dough portion into a ball, flatten for burger buns, only slightly for dinner rolls).
Place on baking sheets, allowing about 1” between each bun. Cover with damp tea towel and allow to rise in a warm, draft-free until buns are doubled in size, about 30-40 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350F for last 10 minutes of rising time.
Optional: Brush egg lightly on risen buns, sprinkle with poppy or sesame seeds if desired.
Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Cool slightly before serving (if you can wait that long!).
Note: I use REGULAR dry baking yeast NOT the type specified for bread machines and have achieved better results and less problems with over-rising, when using bread machine. Also, when dough is mixing in machine it should form a smooth ball, not sticking to sides of bread container in the bread machine. Add a bit more flour or water during mixing cycle only, if required, to achieve the right dough consistency. Do NOT lift lid on bread machine during rising cycle.
Reprinted from: Not Just for Vegetarians, Delicious Homestyle Cooking, the Meatless Way © Geraldine Hartman.