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Cranberry Apricot Rustic Bread

Homemade bread is something we all enjoy but often think it is difficult to do. However with the help of a bread machine, I was able to make this delicious, Cranberry Apricot Rustic Bread.

Cranberry Apricot Rustic Bread I have to be honest; I was a bit surprised at how straight forward and simple the process was.  For starters, I wasn’t familiar with this particular automatic bread maker.  So I spent some time reading the instructions to make sure I don’t miss anything. Roughly 5 minutes later, I was ready to go. I used a recipe, I was familiar with but converted it, so it’s bread maker friendly. The Panasonic SD-YR2500 breadmaker comes with a recipe book that helped guide me with the conversion.

Cranberry Apricot Rustic Bread closeup

If you’re having trouble coming up with a gift for loved ones, consider a homemade bread, you can customize it based on their preference. If you use this bread maker, you’ve gluten free option. It also allows you to make gluten free pizza, and pasta. The bread maker will do all the heavy lifting; it will mix and bake the bread, so you don’t have to stress yourself.

Cranberry Apricot Rustic Bread with bread maker

Cranberry Apricot Rustic Bread with bread maker
Cranberry Apricot Rustic Bread Recipe

Cranberry Apricot Rustic Bread using a Bread Maker
 
Homemade Cranberry Apricot Rustic Bread using a bread maker.
Author:
Recipe type: Breakfast
Ingredients
  • 2⅞ cup bread flour
  • 1½ cup salt
  • 2 tbsp dry milk
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1½ tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 3⁄16 cup lukewarm water
  • ¾ tsp active dry yeast
  • 1.5 oz dried cranberries
  • 1.5 oz chopped dried apricot
Instructions
  1. Add all the dry ingredients (except, dry yeast and fruits) into the bread pan
  2. Add the water and return the bread pan into the machine
  3. Close the lid
  4. Add the dry yeast in the yeast dispenser and the craisin and apricot into the dispenser
  5. Plug the device and program it according to your machine, since this recipe was for a medium size bread, I chose option 2, dark crust, set the timer and press start. Bread will be ready in 4 hours max.

Cranberry Apricot Rustic Bread
Cranberry Apricot Rustic Bread without bread maker

Cranberry Apricot Rustic Bread
 
This Cranberry Apricot Rustic Bread recipe was made in the oven sans bread maker.
Author:
Ingredients
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • ½ cup craisins
  • 1¼ teaspoon table salt
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup chopped dried apricot
  • 1½ cups water
  • ½ teaspoon instant or active dry yeast
  • wheat bran, cornmeal or additional flour for dusting
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, craisins, apricot, salt, cinnamon, and yeast mixing thoroughly. Add the water and, using your hand, mix until the dough is wet and sticky, about 30 seconds. If it’s not really sticky to the touch, add another tablespoon or two of water. Cover the bowl and let sit at room temperature until it starts to bubble and the dough more than doubled in size, 12 to 18 hours.
  2. After the first rise is complete, generously dust a work surface with flour. Use your floured hands to scrape the dough out of the bowl in one piece. Using a lightly floured hands lift the edges of the dough in toward the center. Nudge and tuck in the edges of the dough to make a round shape. Careful not to overwork the dough.
  3. Put a tea towel on your work surface and generously dust it with cornmeal or flour. I used cornmeal. Gently place the dough on the towel, seam side down. If the dough is tacky, dust the top lightly with cornmeal or flour. Fold the ends of the tea towel loosely over the dough to cover it and place it in a warm, draft-free spot to rise for 1 to 2 hours. I keep it in my oven (but set a timer!). The dough is ready when it is almost doubled in size. If you gently poke it with your finger, it should hold the impression. If it springs back, let it rise for another 15 minutes.
  4. Half an hour before the end of the second rise, preheat the oven to 475 degrees F, with a rack in the lower third, and place the covered 4½ – to 5½ -quart heavy pot in the center of the rack.
  5. Carefully remove the preheated pot from the oven and uncover it. Unfold the tea towel and quickly but gently invert the dough into a large sheet of parchment paper and into the pot, seam side up. Cover the pot and bake for 30 minutes. The parchment paper makes it easier to remove the bread once baked.
  6. Remove the lid and continue baking until bread is a deep chestnut color but not burnt, 15 to 30 minutes more.
  7. Allow to cool on a rack for about 30 minutes.
  8. Serve warm with butter, jam and a cup of tea.

 

Cranberry Apricot Rustic Bread Maker

Would you consider giving your loved ones, a homemade Cranberry Apricot Rustic Bread?

Disclaimer: This is a partnered post with Panasonic however all opinions are mine. 

Kira is the founder of award-winning lifestyle blog focused on family, tech, fashion, beauty, food, fitness, and travel. Prior to launching The Afropolitan Mom, she was a marketing executive in the technology industry. She lives in the suburb of NJ with her husband and two kids. When she's not on carpool duty or scrolling through Insta, she spends time adding items to her shopping cart while binge-watching shows on Netflix!

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. janetfaye

    November 29, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    Your Cranberry Apricot Rustic Bread looks so good and it would make a wonderful gift. I love to receive homemade gifts. My favorite was a lemon meringue pie that my son’s girlfriend made for my birthday.

  2. Julie Wood

    November 30, 2015 at 10:11 am

    This is such a wonderful bread to have out for the Holidays and it looks so easy to make and I love the ingredients that go into it. Thanks for sharing an awesome recipe!

  3. Tammy Woodall

    December 4, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Your Cranberry Apricot Rustic Bread looks delicious. It would be a perfect addition to care packages we are making. Thanks for the recipe.

  4. David Fultner

    December 4, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    I love things that are not crazy saeet.

  5. Elaine Buonsante

    December 26, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    I love cranberries and apricots, so this recipe for home made bread with these ingredients sounds heavenly.

  6. Lisa Brown

    January 1, 2016 at 4:48 am

    I want a slice of that right now. I love dried fruit in breads.

  7. Rosie

    January 20, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    wow does this look good! I haven’t heard much about bread bakers in ages, we had one where I was working, and we’d put ingredients into it in the early morning and all gather around for fresh bread by lunch time! It was fun and a good way to have a little get together at work!

  8. Dana Rodriguez

    January 22, 2016 at 11:44 am

    I wish I had a breadmaker because this looks so good!

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