Preview: Rosemary takes this artisan Cranberry Pecan Bread Machine recipe over the top. Makes a memorable turkey or ham sandwich.
An unnamed person in my family loves to dine with the net-capped sample-givers at the grocery store. We pretend not to know him while he prowls the end of the aisles searching for his next bite.
My self-righteousness falls apart when I visit the bakery at Central Market. The paper bags with folded down tops, tongs inside, and stuffed with small chunks of fresh-baked bread are irresistible. Those with some combination of nuts, fruits, and/or spices are my favorite.
This Cranberry and Pecan bread recipe reminds me of those artisan loaves I see at the bakery. It’s a sweet and savory artisan loaf with a chewy crust. Try the recipe and see how easy it is to mix up in your bread machine.
No worries if you don’t have a bread machine. See the recipe notes for how to make this recipe with a stand mixer or by hand.
Who can resist?
Are you wondering what makes a bread “artisan?” When I looked it up, the definition includes bread without preservatives. The process of making it takes longer than dinner rolls and other simpler recipes. Bread sold without a wrapper is often artisan bread.
A pre-ferment started the night before lends a fabulous yeasty flavor to this artisan bread. But the fresh rosemary, dried cranberries, and toasted pecans are what make this bread memorable.
Recipe inspiration for Cranberry Pecan Bread from a bread maker:
After reading about rosemary and cherry pecans in a now-defunct food magazine, I was inspired to create a bread with similar flavors.
Using one of my favorite bread machine recipes–Crusty Round Bread, I added fresh rosemary, dried cranberries, and toasted pecans.
We loved the results. With or without a smear of McCutcheon’s cherry butter, this bread will deliver your taste buds to sweet and savory nirvana.
You could do the same with your own favorite white or wheat loaf. I haven’t tried it yet but wouldn’t this make an extraordinary variation on Almost No-Knead Bread?
Ingredients and substitutions:
- Flour: The original recipe for Crusty Round Bread calls for unbleached all-purpose flour. Weigh it for the best results.
Replace the unbleached flour added second in the recipe with whole wheat flour if you like. Remember that it may cause the bread to rise slower. (The picture above shows this version.)
Bread flour would help this bread rise higher. As written, this recipe makes a sturdy artisan sandwich bread.
- YEAST: Use instant or bread machine yeast (same thing) in this recipe as written. If you only have active dry yeast, use 1/4 teaspoon more than called for in the recipe. It no longer needs to be dissolved first, but you can if you prefer.
- DRIED CRANBERRIES: Any dried berries would be delicious in this bread. Try dried blueberries, dried cherries, and even dried apricots if they are chopped. Fresh fruit is not recommended. If you want a bread machine recipe that uses fresh fruit, this Uncommonly Fresh Blueberry Bread is a totally different kind of yeast bread but also scrumptious.
- ROSEMARY: Fresh rosemary is my first choice. You could use chopped dried rosemary but I haven’t tried it. If you do, reduce the amount a third from what the recipe calls for.
- PECANS: The recipe calls for toasted pecans. Use your microwave to toast them on a paper plate in less than 2 minutes.
Toasted walnuts or almonds would make a good substitute.
What else can I do with leftover cranberry pecan bread?
If you have leftovers, try making this rosemary bread sandwich. Fill this basic panini with shaved ham, cheese of your choice, and Durkee’s Sandwich Spread.
How to roll out the dough:
The first image below shows the sponge you need to make ahead of time. Follow the pictures to continue shaping the dough after the dough cycle in your bread machine completes.
How to bake Rosemary Bread with Dried Cranberries and Toasted Pecans:
If you enjoy making yeast bread, check out these posts:
- Helen Corbitt’s Monkey Bread if you are looking for something simple with a spectacular presentation
- Read through 6 Bread Machine Secrets for Beginners for some great tips.
- Browse this article listing 5 Reasons Why I Use a Bread Machine to find out why you might need a bread machine if you don’t already have one.
- More bread recipes than you can make in a year: 53 Bread Machine Recipes
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