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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Norwegian Cranberry Almond Bread - Recipe


Good morning,

Here is a recipe for Norwegian Cranberry Almond Bread.  This takes a little time to make, but is worth it.

Comments and questions are always welcome.

Lois

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Norwegian Cranberry Almond Bread - Recipe

2 eggs
2 T vegetable oil
1 T salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup cottage cheese
6 oz warm (not hot) water
3-1/2 cups bread (or all purpose, but not self rising) flour
2 rounded T yeast
1T cardamom (this is the ingredient that makes it "Norwegian" cranberry almond bread)
1/2 cup dried cranberries
about a quarter pound of sliced walnuts

Place everything except the last 2 items in a large capacity bread machine in the order given. Set to bread dough and turn on. The dough cycle on most machines is about 40 minutes. When all but five minutes remain, add the cranberries.
This is how it looks as it begins to mix and knead.
 A smooth slightly sticky ball should form about 1/3 of the way through the bread dough knead cycle.  If not, add a little flour or water.
 When finished kneading, place dough in greased bowl and allow to rise. I place mine in an oven with the light, but no heat turned on. Or, you can cover with a wet cloth and place in a warm spot.
 
While the dough is rising (this batch took 1-1/2 hours) place sliced almonds on a plate or in a container where you can gently press each small round loaf into the almonds.  Grease or spray the containers you will use for baking.  I am using small baking dishes to make small loaves to give as gifts.  This recipe will make two loaves in large loaf pans.
The dough has more than doubled in size so it is time to take it out and shape into round loaves. 
 Press each loaf into the almonds on one side and place in the greased baking dish with the almond side up. 
 
Don't turn the oven on yet, but place the loaves into the oven to rise a second time.  This batch required about 50 minutes for the second rise.
 
Ah, ready to bake!  Remove the loaves while you preheat the oven to 350 F.  I have different size baking dishes here so I set the timer to 30 minutes, removed the two smaller dishes, then set the timer for an additional 10 minutes to finish baking the larger loaves.  If you are using two large loaf pans, bake at 350 F for 45 minutes.After baking, turn out immediately to racks to cool.
 
And, here you have it!  Serve warm with any berry jam, cream cheese, Norwegian brown cheese, or butter.  Ja!
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