Pecan & Cranberry Bread Adventures!

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Lately at the Recipe4Living office, we have been getting serious cases of the munchies.  A while back, we received an Emerilware Bread Machine by T-fal.  We used it a couple times, but lately, it has been sitting around and gathering dust.  “Let’s bust out that bread maker and bake some bread!” we decided one day.  After leafing through the Emerilware Bread Maker recipe book, we decided to bake a loaf of the delicious-sounding Pecan & Dried Cranberry Whole Wheat Bread
 
First we assembled the ingredients, shown here.

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The recipe can be modified to make three different-sized loafs of bread.  We decided to go big and make the 3-pounder. 

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The first step was to add the water, oil, salt, sugar, and milk powder to the pan.  Next, we added half of the flour mixture that was made by combining the white and wheat flour.  Although it doesn’t say to mix these ingredients, we stirred them up a bit anyways.

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After that, we sprinkled the pecans evenly over the top of the mixture.

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The cranberry layer was next!

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All that was left to do was add the remaining flour mixture and sprinkle the yeast on top.  As simple as that!  We placed the pan into the bread machine, punched in the appropriate settings, and then it was the waiting game.

We experienced one MINOR hiccup, in that we forgot to put in the paddles that actually stir the dough!  Oops.  We realized this after about ten minutes, popped them in, and all was well.

Because of the size of the loaf, it took about 3 hours and 45 minutes to bake.  It was finished right as 5pm rolled around, so we quickly took the bread out of the pan and gathered around to try it.

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The general consensus was very positive.  After handing out thick slices to everyone, the bread was gone in about 30 minutes!

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The bread was moist on the inside, yet crisp enough around the edges.  The combination of the cranberries and pecans made this bread sweet, but not too sweet, with a bit of crunch added in.  It was so simple to make, too!  The only downside was having to wait for 4 hours while the amazing smell of fresh bread wafted through our office!  We definitely recommend this recipe and bread maker, and we look forward to making another loaf soon.

Some other bread maker recipes:
Bread Machine French Baguettes
Herbed French Bread with Crisp Parmesan Crust
Whole Wheat Bread
Bread Machine Irish Soda Bread
Honey Wheat Bread

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