Monday, November 14, 2011

Mellow Bakers: Golden raisin and walnut bread (November)

Well, my first November bread for Mellow Bakers came with me to daycare and work; this one came with me to the grocery store. It was the only way we could fit in shopping and still get the bread shaped and baked in time. So there I was in the parking lot, oiling up my hands and preshaping...... What we do for our breads! :)

I made a third of this recipe, which was enough for one medium loaf. The bread was made with a stiff biga (bread flour, whole wheat flour, water, and instant yeast), more bread flour, more whole wheat flour, salt, water, instant yeast, and golden raisins and walnuts.

This challenge has definitely changed my family's opinion on breads with fruit and nuts in them. While we used to dislike every one, we've really enjoyed the last couple, and this one was no exception. The walnuts gave a great crunch and the flavor of the bread was really enhanced by the sweetness from the golden raisins. A tasty accompaniment to dinner!


  1. The time involved to make the bread does make it tricky at times to get everything else done.
    Your bread looks wonderful, loaded with lots of raisins in the slices above! Maybe I'll get to this one, since yours turned out so well. I was getting a little tired of the fruit and nut thing in bread.

  2. That looks delicious. You know, I think this is my problem: I am not routinely carting my baking around town so I can keep working on it. I need to change that crack me up!

  3. I've never brought my bread along with me - the most adventuresome I've gotten is to retard it in the fridge when I can't get home to it. You're brilliant! And so is your bread, lol

  4. How interesting that you are all getting into the fruit and nut thing, we seem to have had one after the other towards the end of this challenge and I have lost my motivation somewhere. Anyway it's really good to see yours looking so appetising. Hope you're well! x Joanna

  5. I love the image of you playing with dough in the parking lot. =) I'm still not sure about nuts in my bread, but I do love raisins. One of these days I'll get back to this book...