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Cranberry Orange Poppy Seed Sourdough 

Danni3ll3's picture

Cranberry Orange Poppy Seed Sourdough 

I was looking for something different that included cranberries and found this:


Of course, I had to tweak things a bit. I swapped the grapefruit for orange because there are a lot of people that can’t have grapefruit due to the meds they are on. My hubby and daughter are two of them. I also decided to juice the orange and soak the cranberries in it. I reduced the amount of poppy seeds because that’s all I had. And of course, one can’t forget the yogurt!


Thank you to Ilya for posting this bread! Hope mine turns out as well as yours!




Makes 3 loaves 



200 g dried cranberries

75 g poppy seeds

1 orange, zested and juiced (50 g of juice)

50 g honey



700 g strong bakers unbleached flour

300 g freshly milled whole grain Kamut flour (300 g Kamut berries)

675 g water + 25 g

24 g salt

30 g yogurt

250 g levain (procedure in recipe)

Extra wholegrain flour of your choice and unbleached flour for feeding the levain


Ingredients: Strong Bakers Unbleached flour, filtered water, freshly milled Kamut flour, Dried cranberries, Poppy seeds, Honey, Slate River Dairy Yogurt, Pink Himalayan salt, Orange zest, sourdough culture.


The night before:

1. Mill the grains and place in a tub. Add the unbleached flour to the tub as well. Cover and set aside.

2.Take 10 g of refrigerated starter and feed it 20 g of water and 20 g of wholegrain flour. Let that rise at cool room temperature for the night. 


Dough Making day:

1. Early in the morning, feed the levain 100 g of filtered water and 50 g of strong baker’s flour and 50 g wholegrain flour. Let rise until doubled (about 5 hours).

2. About two hours before the levain is ready, put 675 g of water in a stand mixer’s bowl and add the flours from the tub.  Mix on the lowest speed until all the flour has been hydrated. This takes a couple of minutes. Autolyse for a couple of hours at room temperature. 

3. Zest the orange and squeeze the juice. Measure out 50 grams of juice. Add the juice to the cranberries and heat in the microwave for 30 seconds. 

4. Once the autolyse is done and the levain has doubled, add the salt, the yogurt, the zest, the cranberries, the poppy seeds, the honey, and the levain to the bowl. I added 25 g of water because the dough needed it. I probably could have added a touch more. Mix on the lowest speed for a minute to integrate everything, then mix on the next speed for 9 minutes.

5. Remove the dough from the mixing bowl and place in a lightly oiled covered tub. Let rest 45 minutes in a warm spot (oven with light on). 

6. Do 4 sets of coil folds at 45 minute intervals. Let rise about 30%. This took another 2 hours. Dough is very slow when there is this much fruit in it. 

7. Tip the dough out on a bare counter, sprinkle the top with flour and divide into portions of ~800g. Round out the portions into rounds with a dough scraper and let rest 15 minutes on the counter. 

8. Do a final shape by flipping the rounds over on a lightly floured counter. Gently stretch the dough out into a circle. Pull and fold the third of the dough closest to you over the middle. Pull the right side and fold over the middle and do the same to the left. Fold the top end to the center patting out any cavities. Finally stretch the two top corners and cross over each other in the middle. Roll the bottom of the dough away from you until the seam is underneath the dough. Cup your hands around the dough and pull towards you, doing this on all sides of the dough to round it off. Finally spin the dough to make a nice tight boule.

9. Sprinkle a  mix of rice flour and all purpose flour in the bannetons. Place the dough seam side down in the bannetons. Let rest for a few minutes on the counter and then put to bed in a cold (38F) fridge overnight. 


Baking Day

1. The next morning, about 11 hours later, heat the oven to 475F with the Dutch ovens inside for 45 minutes to an hour. Turn out the dough seam side up onto a cornmeal sprinkled counter. Place rounds of parchment paper in the bottom of the pots, and carefully but quickly place the dough seam side up inside. 

2. Cover the pots and bake the loaves at 450 F for 25 minutes, remove the lids, and bake for another 22 minutes at 425 F. Internal temperature should be 205 F or more.


I’m happy that I gave it the extra bulk fermentation time. The oven spring was much nicer than my previous fruit loaves. 


pmccool's picture

I can almost smell them from here.  Those two flavors are really good together and the poppy seeds will certainly add to the dance. 

Lovely bake as always, Danni.


HeiHei29er's picture

They look great Danni.  Love the contrast in colors with this one, and the cranberry orange sounds really good!

Danni3ll3's picture

But I did think of adding some Triple Sec or Grand Marnier in there to punch up the orange flavour, however, I was worried about the hydration. Now that I know the dough isn’t too wet, I’ll probably add it in when I make this again. 

trailrunner's picture

As always a lovely bread!

Isand66's picture

Just be careful how much liquor you add as it can inhibit your fermentation.  Either way I love the idea of adding the Grand Mariner.  Have enough you ever had the cherry flavor?  It’s not available in the US for some reason so we usually get it when we used to go on vacation in the Caribbean.

Danni3ll3's picture

I’d never heard it it. I’ll have to keep an eye out in the liquor stores for it. I honestly don’t know how I feel about a Cherry Grand Marnier. 

Isand66's picture

It’s great for cakes and mixed drinks of course.  

Danni3ll3's picture

Unfortunately, they don’t sell it. So I’ll have to do like you and get it in the Caribbean or on Europe. 

Isand66's picture

We used to ask my wife’s former boss to pick it up for us when he was on his yearly cruise..

JonJ's picture

Lovely looking breads. And am imagining those flavours. The poppy seeds should go very well with it, maybe even add some crunch. Are you going to taste this bread? If so, wouldn't mind some feedback on what it was like to eat it!


Danni3ll3's picture

I’ll let you know once we cut into it. 

Danni3ll3's picture

and the taste notes. The orange flavour is subtle. I could have added more zest for sure! I toasted it and had it with butter. It’s lovely like that. All the flavours blend well. Something to repeat for sure. 

Debra Wink's picture
Debra Wink

This looks like my kind of bread Danni. What a beautiful crumb :)

Danni3ll3's picture


Benito's picture

I agree with the others that cranberry orange is always a winning combination and should go well with poppyseeds. Beautiful bakes once again.