Cranberry Cream Cheese Bread Loaf

Well, another week goes by. Isn't it time flies ! Sometimes we just need something to energize our resting mind & soul after the weekend. I knowwww.... Monday is always the boring day of the week. And last weekend I've chosen to bake my family a homemade cranberry bread which is quite similar to Gardenia cranbery loaf.  Hope this will bring a little joy to boost up everyone's energy on Monday morning. I bought those fresh cranberries months ago and stock up in my freezer for quite some time already. Well, its about time now !

Ingredients :
Starter dough
50gm  bread flour
2 tspn  yeast
80ml  water
(combine and mix well then rest for 20 minutes)

Main dough
350gm  bread flour
20gm milk powder
3 TB  sugar
1 tspn  salt
130ml  water
50gm  cream cheese
1 egg
2/3 cup  fresh cranberry, chopped
1/3 cup  raisins

Method :
(1) once the starter dough is ready, stir in the main ingredients (except cranberries & raisins) and mix to form a soft dough. Dough should be quite sticky at the stage. Do not add extra flour.
(2) leave the dough cover with a damp tower and let to rest for an hour or till double in size.
(3) punch dough to release air then knead to smooth dough. To prevent sticky hand ~ rub hands with cooking oil.
(4) once its done, place dough to slightly floured working table then roll out flat about 10x15" lenght.
(5) place in cranberries & raisins, fold both longer side of dough inward face to face in the middle. Then roll the other two sides like swiss roll facing to the middle as well. As shown in the above picture.
(6) must handle with care cause the dough is quite soft, place rolled dough to a 4x4x9" baking pan then bake at preheated oven 175-180'C for about 40-45 minutes or till brown.
(7) leave cooled completely before slicing.

I was very very excited when I first removed the bread off the pan. Can't wait to slice it out to have a good look at it. Finally, this is how the bread looks like. Very very fluffy with such tempting aroma as well. Honestly, fresh cranberry tasted much better than dried ones especially in baking cakes & bread.

Just look at the softness of the sliced bread. My family couldn't resist and each of us ate at least a few slices right away....without any spread. The combination of fresh cranberry is a super plus.....the tingling sourish mixing the sweetness ....equal to YUMMY ! >o< Enjoy guys !
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