The countdown is on ....
So, to get you started (or continuing) baking this season, here is a recipe for a delicious and easy Cranberry Pecan Bread. This beautiful yeast bread would make a lovely gift.
Here are some other Bread Gift ideas you might enjoy:
In a large bowl, combine 1 cup flour, sugar, dry milk, undissolved yeast, and salt. Heat water and butter until very warm (120o to 130oF). Add to flour mixture. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed of electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally.
Stir in cranberries, pecans, and enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. I started out using the mixer but switched to the Danish dough whisk.
Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes. Cover; let rest 10 minutes.
Roll dough to 12 x 8-inch rectangle. Beginning from short end, roll up tightly as for jelly roll.
Pinch seam and ends to seal. Place, seam side down, in greased 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Cover; let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
Bake at 375°F for 35 to 45 minutes or until done. My oven is very hot so I baked it at 350 instead. Remove from pan; cool on wire rack.
You might want to make two of these - one for yourself and the other one to give away.