We're lucky to have a good, artisanal bakery in the Bay Area known as Acme Breads. We bought (and devoured) a few loaves from their stall at the San Francisco Ferry Building Farmer's Market. Recently, they debuted a cranberry-walnut whole-wheat bread that was divine. Annie tasted some during a trip to Lunardi's and immediately placed an order for a boule.
A few days later, when that boule was but a happy memory, she decided to make her own cranberry-walnut bread, based on the "Cranberry-Walnut Celebration Bread" recipe in "The Bread Baker's Apprentice".
Though the recipe called for 3 cups of white flour, she substituted one cup of whole wheat flour and added some vital wheat gluten. She also added some golden raisins to the mix.
Here is the bread at the first rise after kneading.
She skipped the braiding part and just baked the dough as loaves in two bread pans. Here is the final result.
The loaf lasted just about as long as the Acme bread.
More favorite baked goods: Baked Char Siu Bao, Dinner Rolls, Dutch Apple Cake, Cinnamon Monkey Bread, Portuguese Sweet Bread, Red Bean Buns, Roti Boy Butter Buns, Third Aunt's Butter Cake