Weather: 30 degrees, a light dusting of fresh snow
After Christmas, my sister, Nadia, began posting lovely photos on Facebook of some mouth-watering cranberry orange artisan loaves she was making and giving to friends as gifts. Of course, I poked her for the recipe. She replied saying that it was my Dutch Oven Crusty Bread with cranberry and orange added. She said that everyone loved them and she kept getting requests for the recipe. With her suggestions, I soon made a loaf. Although I haven’t gotten to sample her version (and hers may very well be even better!), this is one very special loaf of bread. In this somewhat serendipitous long-distance collaboration, she and I have developed a recipe together. How happy.
You’ll get the same crackly, crunchy crust and same tender interior with those nice yeasty pockets as the original recipe – but you’ll also get mouthfuls of moist, tangy cranberries, a little burst of citrus from the orange, and a subtle sweetness all around. For some handy step-by-step photos, visit the original Dutch Oven Crusty Bread recipe. Enjoy.