Cranberry-Pecan Rye Bread

Nothing makes me feel more like a real baker than making homemade bread.
cranb bread sliced
This week, we had Martha's Cranberry-Pecan Rye Bread, and it was delicious!

cranb bread
Want the recipe? Here it is, adapted slightly from the Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook
to incorporate the instant yeast I had on hand.

Cranberry-Pecan Rye Bread

1 c. pecan pieces, toasted
vegetable oil for bowl
1 & 1/4 c. lukewarm water
2 & 1/4 tsp instant yeast
2 c. bread flour
1 c. rye flour
2 & 1/2 tsp table salt
1 TBSP sugar
1 & 1/2 TBSP caraway seeds
3/4 c. dried cranberries (craisins), coarsely chopped
1 large egg
Sea salt for sprinkling (I used fleur de sel)

In a large mixing bowl, stir together yeast, flours, salt, sugar and caraway seeds. Add the water and mix with the paddle attachment on med-low until the dough comes together.
cranb bread dough
{Prettiest dough ever!}
Switch to the dough hook and mix on medium, 4-5 minutes, until dough is smooth and elastic. On low speed, add cranberries and pecans. Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl, cover with oiled plastic wrap and let sit about 1 hour, until doubles in bulk.

Turn dough out on a lightly floured surface. Roll out to a 13 X 10" rectangle, with short side facing you. Fold in 1/2" flaps on each corner of the short ends. Starting at the top, roll the dough toward you, gently pressing as you go to form a tight log. Roll back and forth gently to seal the bottom seam. Transfer loaf to baking sheet lined with parchment, cover and let sit 45 minutes.

Beat egg with 1 TBSP water. Brush the loaf generously with egg wash and sprinkle with sea salt. Bake until crust is deep golden brown and a thermometer registers 190 degrees, 35 - 40 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.

I served it with this salad, which was incredible...and for a girl who doesn't like to eat her vegetables, that's saying something! ;)
cranb bread sliced close
{Loving that ♥-shaped pecan, even if it is upside-down!}



  1. Oh it looks just wonderful! I want to have some with my coffee- I bet it smelled delish while baking! Thanks for the recipe~ I will have to make this one :)

  2. This was excellent. Surprisingly good. I have to admit I would have never ordered it if it were on a menu or on the list at the local bakery, but VOILA. My young bride made it happen...yum! THANKS, sweetie!

  3. Anytime, Mr E, anytime! ;) You know that heart-shaped pecan was just for you! ♥

  4. It LOOKS beautiful! I can only imagine the smell and taste.

  5. That definitely is the prettiest dough ever!

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  6. Oh man, this looks so good! Minus the pecans for me of course, since I'm allergic. ;-) But still, yum! I totally agree - there's nothing like homemade bread!

  7. That looks amazing! We are huge cranberry fans over here!

  8. Thanks for the recipe, Bridget! It looks good :)

  9. I love making homemade bread! You're right, it really makes you feel like a baker. This bread looks so delicious, I love cranberries.

  10. Pssst! Hey, Lady! Wanna know a secret? You ARE a REAL baker!

    Beautiful bread!

  11. Mmmmmm this bread looks awesome! You are such a good baker:)

  12. That looks perfect!!! I love the picture of the dough! I made a pumpkin bread chock full of cranberries and pecans last year (before I started taking pictures of my food) and I just sat there looking at the dough for the longest time :) It was so pretty! Yours looks delish!

  13. Thanks for posting this recipe!! It looks delicious and I love pecans and cranberries!! By the way, I've really enjoyed reading your blog. :)

  14. The bread making is an art I'm yet to master... Your bread looks delicious! Maybe I'll take a look at this part of the Baking Handbook myself.

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  16. Nice bread. It contains cranberry which prevents from lots of disease like asthma, heart disease, urinary tract infection and kidney stone.


  17. Do you know how wonderful your website is? I can always count on finding what I need by searching your site... I am making a family favorite for an appetizer tomorrow -- Mom calls it "Peasant Rye Dip"... You cut a bowl out of a loaf of rye bread, dump your dip in, and cut up the extra pieces...

    I NEEDED a recipe for Rye bread since my German bakery doesn't make Rye bread -- and what kind of bakery doesn't make rye bread?!?!!

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  18. wow this bread looks very deli and healthy!

  19. I made this last night, and was eating it all day today it was so good. I haven't made a ton of breads but I have made quite a bit, and this one is a keeper for sure. The cranberry pecan combo go so well with the slightly salty rye flavor. Skeptics rest assured, this is worth the time.


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