I am so behind on the BBA Challenge that I probably will not catch up to the rest of the group, but I will keep working my way through the book, maybe finishing in time for the anniversary of the challenge in May.
This particular bread is our favorite so far, and with cranberries and orange for flavoring it is a perfect bread for the holidays and would be a lovely bread to toast and slather with maple cranberry butter for Christmas morning. This was quite a hit at home and will become a Christmas tradition for our family. The only thing I did different was to use part bread flour and part white whole wheat flour, and we thought the texture was excellent. We found that the orange extract perfumed the bread but we didn’t really taste the orange and will probably add some orange zest next time. As far as technique goes, this is one of the easier breads to make if you stick with a simple boule (round loaf) shape. If you want an elegant loaf to grace the holiday table, making the double braid as shown in the book is very festive.