Cranberry walnut bread – No Knead Bread (Instant pot bread proofing)
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But these simple & easy to follow recipes work with any pressure cooker! All pressure cookers work on the same, simple principle: Steam pressure.
Within the sealed pot, the steam builds up therein to a very high pressure, which helps food cook much faster than other traditional methods, such as with crock pots and or ovens!
This No-Knead Cranberry Walnut Bread is the ultimate fresh-baked holiday loaf and a perfect breakfast with a slathering of creamy butter. It’s freezer-friendly and vegan!
This no-knead bread is packed with dried cranberries and crunchy walnuts and is also scented with orange zest. In short, it is a flavor combo that shines through in every cut and is perfect holiday bread.
Use bread flour for the best result.
Check the expiration of Active dry yeast.
Check the water temperature before adding the yeast. The perfect water temperature is 110 to 115.
Keep in mind that the exact rise time for the dough can vary slightly based on the temperature and humidity in your house. Ideally, you want to find a nice warm spot for the dough to rise.
If you don’t love the cranberry walnut combo, you can use other mix-ins or even leave plain.
Flour-water ratio – Depending on how you measure the flour, quality of flour, and how dry the weather is, you may need to add/less water to bring the dough the right wet and sticky consistency. If your dough is dry after you mix it, add water by the tablespoon until it feels perfect.
You can use Half All-Purpose Flour and Half Whole Wheat flour too instead of only all-purpose flour.
make the wet shaggy dough.
Scoring the bread dough is optional, but it does assist the bread expand, giving it more height, and adds a pretty, decorative touch to the top of the loaf.
If you don’t have a Dutch oven you can bake the bread on a baking sheet or a pizza stone. It won’t rise quite as high but it will work.
Every oven is different: keep this in mind when baking bread. Some ovens can acquire much hotter than others and cause the bake to happen much faster. Check on the color of your bread in the last 15 minutes – pull when it’s golden brown on top.
Keep leftovers fresh by storing them in a ziplock bag in the refrigerator and heat in the oven or toast when ready to enjoy. It will stay up to a week in the fridge.
This bread freezes beautifully. Let the bread cool completely, then wrap in plastic wrap and put in big freezer-safe bags. You can also cut the bread and then freeze it. It will stay excellent for up to 2 months. Remove, thaw, and reheat at 350 until warm in the oven.
This bread is beautifully served alongside any hearty meal or for soup dipping. We also love toasting it and spreading it with butter.
Swap out dried cranberries with dried raisins, blueberries, cherries, apples, dates, or any dried fruit. Swap out walnuts with cashew, peanut, pecans, pistachios, almonds, hazelnuts, or even sunflower seeds
You can make this no-knead bread with gluten-free flour.
You’ll need to take different steps when baking bread with different yeasts. Instant yeast: If you are using instant yeast love I did today, you can skip dissolving it in water and stir it into your dry ingredients before adding water.Active dry yeast: If you have active dry yeast on hand, you will need to activate it in water before adding flour.
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