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Pumpkin Ginger Cranberry Braid

Well I tried, and even succeeded for several posts to stay away from pumpkin, but I just can’t help myself. Hi, my name is Tracy, and I’m a pumpkin addict. The first step is admitting you have a problem, right?

I made this bread a few weeks ago, adapted from this recipe from King Arthur Flour. However, instead of making two small loaves, I made one big one. I would NOT recommend this; while baking, the top of the bread was beginning to turn quite dark while the inside of the bread was still very doughy in the center. You’ll definitely want to split the dough in half after the first rise and make two smaller loaves, so I’ll write the directions accordingly.

All that said, this is my new favorite yeast bread! It’ absolutely perfect for any chilly, autumn morning, toasted and with a little bit of butter.

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, sugar, salt, and yeast.

In a smaller bowl, mix together the eggs, butter, and pumpkin.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until well-combined.

Knead the dough with a stand mixer for 2 minutes (3 minutes by hand). Let the dough rest for 15 minutes, then continue kneading for about 5 more minutes until smooth (8-10 minutes by hand), and then knead in the cranberries. Spray a bowl with cooking spray and place the dough in it. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside to rise for about an hour or until doubled in volume.

Turn the dough out on to a lightly floured surface. Divide it in half, and then divide each half into three pieces about 10″ long.

For each loaf, braid the pieces together, and then pinch the ends together and tuck them underneath. Cover them with plastic wrap and allow to rise for another hour. They won’t get much bigger, but they’ll be puffy. While you’re waiting, preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool the loaves on a wire rack. Give one to a friend!

Posted by on October 21, 2009.

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Categories: breads & pastries

11 Responses

  1. Your bread is gorgeous! It would make a fabulous baked french toast!

    by Barbara Bakes on Oct 21, 2009 at 9:18 am

  2. I just might make two today! I’m addicted to pumpkin as well and this looks delicious! I have a friend who just had a baby…maybe a pumpkin bread-welcome-to-the-world greeting!

    by LoveFeast Table on Oct 21, 2009 at 9:18 am

  3. tracy! wow! that looks beautiful! what a fall treat! kindred souls… you and i… 🙂

    by Tiffany on Oct 21, 2009 at 9:39 am

  4. Let me join your pumpkin self-help group…I am addicted, too!

    by bridget {bake at 350} on Oct 21, 2009 at 11:14 am

  5. I’m totally a pumpkin addict too, at least this year. It’s really out of control right now.

    And this bread looks like it would fit in perfectly with my pumpkin craziness! Plus I’ve been craving french toast, and how perfect would this be for that?

    by Bridget on Oct 21, 2009 at 12:06 pm

  6. I love your new spooky look:) And this bread is amazing. I bet it is SO good as French toast!

    by Maria on Oct 22, 2009 at 2:10 pm

  7. I’m rather addicted to pumpkin at the moment too. Looks fabulous!

    by Lori @ RecipeGirl on Oct 22, 2009 at 2:15 pm

  8. I soooo love pumpkin and haven’t had ANY so far this season! Can you die from this sad affliction? Probably not, but it is making me VERY sad. I MUST buy pumpkin and try this.

    by Small Town Runner Karen on Oct 23, 2009 at 9:34 am

  9. Usually I would just keep on keepin’ on and bypass something so difficult looking as this (I’m not a baker) but the step by step photos make it seem doable. I might just get up the nerve to try it.

    by Amy J in SC on Oct 23, 2009 at 3:42 pm

  10. Pumpkin and Cranberries! What a fabulous combination and one I’m going to have to try!

    by Michelle on Oct 24, 2009 at 12:58 am

  11. I just finished baking this! I didn’t have any cranberries, however, so I took some raisins, plumped them in some dark rum, and used those instead. Mine are not nearly as beautiful as yours, but they smell delicious. I’m glad I took the time to make them!
    (Hopefully they don’t fall apart when sliced. I can only hope it stays all together in the braid)

    by Melissa on Oct 24, 2009 at 7:24 pm

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Hi there! I’m Tracy, and I live in upstate NY. My husband and I met in college and have been married since 2005. A Canning, baking, writing, photography, and even cleaning (yes, cleaning – it can be oddly relaxing), are all things that I enjoy. This blog brings all of those passions together – but […]more →