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Most Awesomest No Knead Orange Cranberry Raisin Bread

If you can measure, mix and be patient, you can make one of the most delicious no knead bread around!  With hints of orange zest, cranberries, raisins and almonds, it’s practically a dessert!  So sweet no butter is needed!

Seriously is there anything more perfect than a slice of warm, crusty bread straight from the oven? Well okay, bacon and chocolate but those are foods from the Gods and pretty much sent from heaven above and don’t count (at least not in this post). Bread was the first thing I ever learned how to make actually. I was 3 years old, yes 3 – I have a weirdly odd memory. Like I can remember every single detail about my first birthday from sitting in my high chair to who sat where. Am I like a one-off case or are there some of you like that? I definitely don’t possess an Eidetic (photographic) memory though Mr. Fantabulous begs to differ as I remember EVERYTHING – the good, the bad and the ugly. lol

But yeah back to what I was saying, I was 3 years old and Mom would make homemade bread for the week every Sunday morning. I’d wake up super early and paddle barefoot out to the kitchen in my white and blue flowered nightie dragging my favorite paper-eyed teddy bear. See folks, a MILLION years ago stuffed animals didn’t have “real” eyes on them but rather they were this glued on heavy-duty paper cardboard crap. I’d put my bear in the chair while I crawled up onto the end of the table. She’d have her dough board out (god what I wouldn’t give to have hers), flour would be all over the table (and her) and she would be rolling, kneading, folding and forming like a machine. One day Mom gave me my own rolling pin and had me stand on a chair while she stood behind me showing me how to measure and mix then eventually knead. As she was showing me how to make this she was explaining things to me – why we put ingredients in a certain way, what to do when something isn’t right, how to fix it and most of all to just have fun doing it. I’ll never forget that experience.

Most Awesomest No Knead Orange Cranberry Raisin Almond Bread

Nowadays when I make homemade bread I rarely knead it by hand. The convenience of our stand mixers with dough hooks save us the effort. However, when I’m having a super bad day and need to take my frustrations out or I’m simply just missing Mom, I’ll make dough from scratch all by hand just like she did.
You’re seriously going to want to make 2 of these loaves! AMAZING!

Most Awesomest No Knead Pumpkin Cinnamon Bread

Okay yes I know I said I refused to jump on the pumpkin spice bandwagon this year but this just happened.  It’s not that I don’t like pumpkin or pumpkin spice as I actually love the stuff but EVERYTHING went pumpkin spice. I mean when my cereal goes pumpkin spice then there is a problem. Too much of a good thing can ruin it folks. So for a while I was anti-pumpkin and went more towards the butterscotch route.  Which seriously is so underrated.  That stuff is awesome! But then again, so is pumpkin… *sigh* oh the dilema here folks.

So how did this then just happen?  Okay, as you know we’ve been doing this huge remodel on our downstairs for about 8 years now.  And since we’re doing it ourselves I’m often left with moving stuff from one place to another.  Well in one of my moves to get stuff out of the way I came across a can of pumpkin that honestly, I forgot about.  Checking the date on the can I realized that I needed to use it up soon.  You know me, I refuse to waste food so up to the kitchen it went for me to use.

No Knead Pumpkin Cinnamon Bread1

That night after dinner I spied the can sitting on my counter while I was cleaning up.  I seriously had no clue what to make with it.  Since time is something of a rarity for me these days I decided to go with simplicity and something that I didn’t really have to think about – no knead bread! This is honestly the EASIEST things to make when you’re unsure how to work with bread dough or even shaping dough.  You don’t have to worry about “slack”, gluten, loaf shaping or even breaking out a stand mixer.

This will be your favorite Fall bread!

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