Monday, January 22, 2018

No-Knead Cranberry Walnut Bread and Saturday in the Finger Lakes

Oh Beautiful for spacious skies is how I felt taking this photo at MacKenzie-Childs on a sunny, winter day. It was truly the perfect winter day with an amazing sunset. We usually get at least one of these days all winter. LOL 

My friend Monique posted her beautiful bread on IG and I was inspired to bake a loaf of easy bread before we left for the Finger Lakes on Saturday. This is a NO KNEAD bread, so I put all ingredients in a bowl Friday evening when I got home from work. 

Stirred it, and let it sit overnight on the kitchen counter. In the morning, I turned on the oven to 475 degrees, heated the cast iron dutch oven and baked a loaf of bread before we left the house at 9:30 am. We each had a slice and it was the start of a perfect day :-) I've included the link as it is a winning bread recipe that anyone can make. I am not one to fuss over baking bread since I don't have the time. Since I only have a three quart cast iron dutch oven, I just used a knife and cut the dough ball in half after it rose overnight. I saved the other half and baked it when we got home from the Finger Lakes and am taking to a friend for her to enjoy. Here's the link to the bread. Sally's Baking Addiction.

  • 3 cups + 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour, plus more for hands
  • 2 teaspoons coarse sea salt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red Star Platinum yeast (instant yeast)
  • 3/4 cup chopped nuts 
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 and 1/2 cups warm water 
  • 6 quart or higher dutch oven or any large oven-safe pot with a lid (lid is crucial-- see post!)

Here's some eye candy and Courtly Check treasures for you. We all need some color in the winter :-)

Thanks for stopping by!

Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. That place is look wonderful and so does your bread!:)

  2. I am going to try that recipe soon! Yours turned out beautiful, Debbie! I would be like a kid in a candy shop at an MC store ;)

  3. Looks like a fun day! The polka dot ottoman is cute!

  4. Love all things courtly checked, just lovely! And, that bread, awe, looks so good. What an enjoyable day!

  5. Your bread turned out beautiful! Bet it tasted great too:@)

  6. I love days like you just shared. It's like having a staycation, getting away but not too far from home, and also being productive while at home. Gorgeous winter day! The bread looks delish, and I like the fact you easily just halved the dough and made the two loaves. Lucky recipient!

  7. Your bread looks amazing Debbie, a must try! Thanks for the peek into MKC, so many temptations! When are you going to share what you bought? I love those yellow chicks!

  8. The bread turned out beautifully, Debbie! I love no-knead bread, and just sent my youngest son a copy of Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day. I will definitely be trying the bread recipe. I noticed you used your darling heart Le Crueset pot. Love all the colorful photos from the store! xx

  9. That bread has me drooling, Deb. My eyesight is on overload from all that lovely MC things. Enjoy your week!

  10. Oh Deb, this post makes me feel happy. The bread looks delicious and the opening photo so beautiful and all the eye candy at MC!!! I am going to play the game what if! I would choose several items I see to come home with me................Probably good I don't live anywhere near there.........Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  11. Thanks for the recipe, and it is so much fun seeing the Mother Ship! It looks like they're all ready for Easter in the shop. And I'm so happy to see the return of Rose Cottage. It's one of my all-time favorite patterns!

    I'll try the bread this week. I don't like to fuss over baking, either! Have a wonderful weekend!

    Ricki Jill


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