Walnut Cranberry Grain Loaf

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Quick Facts

Servings: 16
Recipe by Diana Torrey/Torrey Food Communications, courtesy of California Walnuts


  • 1 package fresh yeast
  • 1/2 cup water, lukewarm
  • 1/3 cup apple cider, lukewarm
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup bread flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup white rye flour
  • 1- 1/2 cups California walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • Sponge Starter:1 cup bread flour
  • 1/4 cup white rye flour
  • 1/2 package fresh yeast
  • 2/3 cup water, lukewarm


  • Sponge Starter:In a mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast in the water. Add flours and mix for 5 minutes on slow speed with a dough hook. Let rise for one hour.
  • To make the bread:In a bowl, dissolve the package of yeast in lukewarm water. Add the sponge, apple cider, egg, and salt. Mix the dough 6 to 8 minutes on medium speed until fully developed.
  • Add the walnuts, cranberries and orange zest and mix on slow speed until fully incorporated. Let the dough rise to double in volume, then punch it down and divide the dough into two even pieces.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (205°C).
  • Form each piece of dough into a greased pound cake pan. Let the dough rise to its maximum volume, about double in size. Place the loaves in the oven and bake until golden brown and a good crust is formed; approximately 25 minutes. Remove from the pan and let cool on a rack.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 169
  Calories from Fat 48 (28%)
(9%)Total Fat 6g
(3%)Saturated Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
(5%)Cholesterol 15mg
(6%)Sodium 152mg
(3%)Potassium 89mg
Total Carbohydrate 26g
(9%)Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 5g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(9%)Protein 4g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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