This simple sourdough cranberry bread will fill your kitchen with wonderful smells! Plus it is an easy recipe and makes for a great holiday treat!
Don't you just love the smell of bread? Plus don't you just love the smell of holiday baking? I have a sight obsession with cranberries during the holidays. From dips to salads to smoothies, I simply love the smell and taste of holiday cranberry baking and cooking.
This sourdough cranberry bread was originally going to be a traditional sourdough loaf, but as I played around with it, I created a rather odd concoction that has consistently turned out phenomenal. Even though it's not a typical sourdough recipe, I finally decided it deserved a resting place in my recipes.
The recipe was inspired by two other recipes that I had been playing around with. Around here we give credit where credit is due so this recipe was inspired by this sourdough cranberry bread and this one.
Ultimately I think this version is easier for my kitchen and offers a better and softer flavor than others that I have tried.
Recently we made this loaf of bread and it happened to be 'cow' week in our homeschool curriculum. On that particular day, we were supposed to make homemade butter, which is something that I love to do! This homemade spread ended up being just delightful!
- Sourdough discard
- All-purpose einkorn flour
See the recipe card for quantities.
You can use fed or discarded sourdough starter for this recipe. I originally started with fed because I thought I was making more of a traditional loaf, but in the end, this could also be a discarded recipe and it will turn out similar.
Combine sourdough starter and water in a glass bowl.
Add honey and mix well.
Slice approximately half of the cranberries in half.
Add all-purpose einkorn flour to the sourdough starter.
Add cranberries and mix well with a Danish Whisk.
Cover and let ferment overnight or for at least 7 hours.
The next morning add the sourdough dough and remaining ingredients to a mixer. Use a dough whisk to mix well.
Place in a preheated oven at 375 degrees F for 45 minutes.
Hint: Whenever I make a wet loaf of bread like this, I make sure to use my silicon loaf pan, it makes baking a breeze! No stick, not even a bit!
One of the great things about recipes like this is that it is easy to vary the fruit! The same is true of my apple bread. Both recipes can be varied
Another fun variation is to add ¼ cup of walnuts!
Because this recipe uses eggs and butter, I don't recommend leaving it out on the countertop. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Should you pre-cook cranberries before baking?
Cranberries are tart so this is a valid question, but in the case of baked goods, you do not need to pre-cook the cranberries. Just make sure your recipe has enough sweeteners to outweigh the tart flavor!
Is this recipe Trim Healthy Mama friendly?
If you allow the bread to ferment, then yes, it is a crossover in the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle.
Can I use frozen cranberries?
Frozen or fresh cranberries will work fine in this recipe.
Looking for other recipes like this? Try these:
- 1 cup + 2 tbsp water
- ½ cup sourdough discard
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2 cups + 2 tbsp all-purpose einkorn flour
- 1 cup cranberries
- 2 large eggs
- ¼ cup brown sugar (or swerve)
- ¼ cup softened butter
- 1 tsp orange extract
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Combine sourdough starter and water in a glass bowl.
- Add honey and mix well.
- Slice approximately half of the cranberries in half.
- Add all-purpose einkorn flour to the sourdough starter.
- Cover and let ferment overnight or for at least 7 hours.
- The next morning add the sourdough dough and remaining ingredients to a mixer. Use a dough whisk to mix well.
- Place in a preheated oven at 375 degrees F for 45 minutes. Remove once a toothpick comes out clean.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 88Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 60mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 2g
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