Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Baking with Julia - Cranberry Walnut Pumpkin Loaf


For Baking with Julia this week, we are rewinding to autumn with Cranberry Walnut Pumpkin Loaf, hosted by Rebecca of This Bountiful Backyard.  Oh wait, it is actually autumn in the US - it just feels like autumn in Melbourne.  (As I was bitterly reminded while standing on St Kilda beach for 3 hours in the wind without a hat on Sunday doing a photography course - brrr... )

This bread is a bit of a faff - you make it, rise it for 2 hours, then put in in the fridge overnight, then take it out for 6 hours before shaping it, rising it for another 2 hours, and then baking it.  Sheesh! Can baking be a substitute pet? 

I made two thirds of the recipe into a 9" loaf rather than making 3 x 5" inch loaves - who needs all that stuffing around?  And who has 5" pans?  

Anyhoo, the end result  was delicious and colourful, as my photos (taken with my DSLR camera after a much better photography course renewed my enthusiasm for it) attest:


To see what the other BWJ bakers thought of all of this, visit the LYL section of the website.

26 comments:

Susan said...

You're right, it was a faff! I cheated and made my own version in the breadmaker. Glad to hear it was yummy after all that stuffing around though. What sort of DSLR do you have? I'm still taking photos on my phone but thinking it's time to upgrade!

Cakelaw said...

Hi Susan, I have a Canon 1000D and bought a 50mm lens to go with it especially for food photography.

Jill said...

Your bread looks great! I agree that this was a pain to make, but I loved the result!

Guru Uru said...

I am falling for this cake :D
Very nice and love the background on your blog!

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru
P.S. Come over and enter my international giveaway to celebrate my blogiversary!

Cindy said...

Beautiful photo! This was a bit of a labor but the end result was delicious.
Sorry our seasons aren't yours. I guess you bake fall food in May. I think we should do an off season food for our 'down under' friends. Thanks for being a good sport. But these are my flavors of choice year round!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

It looks great but thanks for the warning about how high maintenance it is! :P

Judy said...

So many breads, so little time. I'm glad I made this bread and yours looks beautiful. But for me, I think I'll pass on making this one again.

Happy Cook / Finla said...

Wowo perfect and delicious loaf

yummychunklet said...

Agreed. I should've mentioned that the high-maintenance factor of this recipe is another deterrent to me making it again. Kudos for sticking with it!

Julia said...

I agree--delicious but too much waiting. It's ok if you know you'll be home all day.

Kari said...

This does indeed sound difficult to make - but what a great result! I think I need someone to make it for me :)

Dawn said...

I skipped the refrigeration. Such a rebel, I am. ;)

loavesandstitches said...

It is high maintenance, but worth it! Yours looks great.

Sweet and That's it said...

Great picture!
I've just bought my first DSLR (canon eos 600d 18-55 & 55-200) and I still haven't find the time yet to figure out how to use it other than in the automatic modus (and filming) :-)
But the pictures I get are beautiful.

I love this bread toasted, for breakfast.

Inge and Gillian said...

Beautiful bread for the Fall season. Lovely post.

Cathleen said...

I don't really mind the time and effort if the outcome is great. I found this to be a bit bland - though it does make for good toast.

Cher Rockwell said...

Guilty of owning 5 inch pans :-)
This bread did require a bit of childcare - good thing it was tasty!

Catherine from www.praycookblog.com said...

Great post and the pictures are great! So what season is it in Melbourne? I should know but I don't. Blessings! Catherine www.praycookblog.com

Kathy said...

I’m also guilty of owning several pans in various sizes. I really did enjoy this one…so very delicious! Your bread looks perfectly delectable!

Betsy said...

You're right about the excessive stretches of waiting, but otherwise, sort of easy. Loved the taste. I'm guilty of owning said pans too. I make minis more often than full loaves. Great photos! Your course had instant results!

Elaine said...

Would you like to trade weather?! ;) Your loaf is just beautiful. Yes, it took a bit of time and patience, but for me it was worth it and am enjoying it toasted for breakfast.

Melissa said...

Looks delicious! And it sounds like your non-autumn feels closer to autumn than it does here in California. I keep hoping we'll get some colder weather soon.

Johanna GGG said...

the bread sounds great - I hope you didn't feel too autumnal today - I even thought I should start to hunt out sunhats! Love the photos too - esp the second one

The Little French Bakery said...

Glad to hear you're rediscovering your camera, I have a much fun shooting as baking &'cooking, happy spring!

Jennifer said...

Your bread looks amazing!!!!!

Kayte said...

Fun that you liked this recipe so much and nice photo of it! I don't know, I think I just need to confess that we don't really like quick breads all that much around here...one never gets eaten beginning to end, always toss plenty to the birdies and beasties when I make them. I didn't even mark this one to make so I am happy to hear it found favor with others.