Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Dried Cranberry Tea Bread


So I haven't been sewing much lately, but I have been baking.

I got a sudden urge to buy a bread machine. Yup, I'm way behind the times but that's OK. So, I've been making bread just about every day for the last two weeks. However, in order to do so, I've pretty much had to give myself the equivalent of a college course on wheat, yeast, all the various ingredients and the history of bread making in general.  I've obviously underestimated bread all my life.

Today, I actually made this bread in the KitchenAid mixer and baked it in the oven, but the recipe was from the bread machine recipe book I got last week.  The bread machine was already occupied with another bread treat I'm going to try to freeze for Christmas.

Maybe it's because I'm Hispanic, but I don't understand why cake is called bread just because it's baked in a loaf pan.  "Pan", "queque", "torta". "Bread", "cake", "cake"???  English doesn't make a lot of sense sometimes.

So, I bought the West Bend High-Rise Bread Machine from Walmart online because it was a good deal and I just happened to find a $50 gift card to Walmart I'd apparently been saving for this moment for the past three years.  I also bought the kindle version of The Bread Love'rs Bread Machine Cookbook.


I made these real quick for my son's dance teachers. And they smelled soooo good baking in the oven.  I had to make a couple more for us.  The tags are a free download from Lia Griffith.  I love her designs.