Sunday 15 May 2016

Breadmaker Natural Yeast Cranberry Raisin Bread

I have used natural yeast to bake breads, but in oven.  So this is my first trial in adding natural yeast to bread baked in a breadmaker. As the baking programs in breadmaker are usually short, the natural yeasts have to be very active, and commercial yeasts have to be added to accelerate the proofing process.
Two types of dried fruits, mainly raisins and cranberries, have been added to the dough, but in separate sides of the bread. So there's no mixing up of flavours ^^

Yield: One loaf of 12x12x13 cm
Bread weight: 558g
Raw dough weight: 542g

Click the link for the method of cultivating natural yeast:

Feed the natural yeast before using, and use within 4 hours after feeding.

130+15g cold fresh milk 鲜奶*
20g condensed milk 炼乳

25g beaten egg 蛋液
30g raw sugar 黄砂糖
1/4 tsp salt 盐
20g cold unsalted butter无盐奶油

225g bread flour 高筋面粉
25g superfine wholegrain flour 超细全麦面粉
50g natural yeast 100% hydration 天然酵母
1/2  tsp instant dry yeast 即发干酵母

* 15g of milk to be added during kneading depending on the dough condition. As the water content of different natural yeast may vary, so the extra liquid needs to be added gradually.

Filling 内馅
20g raisins
20g dried cranberries 

Glazing 表面装饰
Some bread flour for sprinkling many 面包粉做表面装饰

1. Add 1/2 tsp of warm water each to raisins and dried cranberries. 

Cover and set aside.

2. Mix cold fresh milk and condensed milk together. 

Keep the mixture in the fridge while you prepare the other ingredients.

3. Mix bread flour and superfine wholegrain flour in a bowl. 

4. Pour ingredients into the bread pan in the sequence as they are listed in the ingredients list.

5. Transfer the bread pan to the bread machine. Select "C-02 Sweet Bread", "500g weight", "crust colour", and activate it.

After about 5 to 8 minutes of kneading, if the dough is too dry, gradually pour in the extra 15g of fresh milk, bit by bit.

6. When the countdown timer read "1:30" h, a series of beeps can be heard. Pause the program by pressing the "Stop" button.

Take out the dough,

and remove the kneading blade.

7. Place the dough onto a floured surface. Flatten it with your palm to release the trapped air.

8. Roll out the dough into about a 1.5cm thick flat dough.

Flip over the dough, so the smoother side will be facing out when roll up.

9. Spread out the cranberries and raisins evenly on the dough.

Press lightly to secure the raisins and cranberries to the dough.

10. Roll up the dough from both the shorter ends towards the centre.
To me, this method of rolling up the dough would better accommodate the turning pin protruding from the base of bread pan. 

Turn over.

13. Return the dough to the bread pan, spray some water, and press the "stop/start" button to resume proofing program.

14. When the countdown timer reads "0:46" h, press the "stop/start" buttom to pause the program.

Sprinkle flour over the surface.

Press the "stop/start" button to resume. The baking process will start at "0:45"h.

15. Cover the window with a sheet of aluminum foil. This is to minimize heat loss through the window.

16. The bread is ready *\(^o^)/* 

17. Remove the bread from the bread pan and cool on a wire rack.

18. After the bread has cooled down completely, slice the bread and enjoy :)


  1. Any replacement for condensed milk as it's not healthy

    1. Hi Su, condensed milk is a concentrated form of sugar and mik. It will give the bread a more "milky" taste. Maybe you can replace it by 10g each of milk and sugar.

  2. Is there anything i can replace with natural yeast?

    1. Hi, you can replace the 50g of natural yeast by 25g each of water and bread flour with 1/4 tsp of instant dry yeast :)

  3. Hi, I love your recipe and have baked a few times using them. I would like to check whether do you have recipe that baking a wholegrain or multigrain (mainly low GI) bread using breadmaker. I am baking bread for my parent who need to control their intake bec of diabetes.

    1. Hi Ilbsen, thank you for trying out my recipes :) I usually would add add about 10% of wholegrain flour to my bread recipes. I rarely baked high percentage of wholegrain bread. After searching my past bread maker recipe, I've found this recipe "Breadmaker Rye Bread Loaf" which maybe suitable to you :)


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