A Cranberry Kind of Morning

Cranberry Bread Recipe Monika Hibbs

Cranberry Bread Recipe Monika Hibbs

Cranberry Bread Recipe Monika Hibbs

Cranberry Bread Recipe Monika Hibbs

Cranberry Bread Recipe Monika Hibbs

Cranberry Bread Recipe Monika Hibbs

Cranberry Bread Recipe Monika Hibbs

Cranberry French toast Recipe Monika Hibbs

Cranberry Bread Recipe Monika Hibbs

Cranberry Bread Recipe Monika Hibbs

Cranberry Bread Recipe Monika Hibbs

Cranberry French Toast Recipe Monika Hibbs

Cranberry French Toast Recipe Monika Hibbs

One of my my favourite weekends of the year is here! Hello Cranberry Festival!!! The main street of Fort Langley is transformed into one of the most amazing Farmer’s Market you’ll every attend. Seriously. Held each year on the Saturday of the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, a true celebration of the harvest and history of the cranberry in Historic Fort Langley.

You’ll find everything from fresh produce, to gorgeous floral arrangements, home made jams, pies, honey, soups and one amazing food truck street too! It’s absolutely one of my favourites weekend’s of the year, that I always look forward to! In excitement,  today we’re sharing an amazing cranberry Swirl Brioche recipe, and a “Next-day” french toast. Simply delicious, you might want to make a few loafs! It’s the perfect touch to your Thanksgiving weekend, including to bring as a hostess gift.

Wishing all my Canadian readers an amazing Thanksgiving weekend with your nearest and dearest! Can’t wait for all that turkey… yum!

Cranberry Swirl Brioche
Portions: 2 loafs
Inactive time: 4 hours /overnight
Prep time: 45 minutes
Cook time 40-45 minutes

Brioche Dough
4 ¼ cups of bread flour (all purpose will be okay if you do not have bread flour)
1 ½ tsp. salt
1/3 cup sugar
3 large eggs at room temperature
1 cup (250ml) of whole milk
1 packet of active dry yeast (2 ¼ tsp)
1 cup of unsalted butter at room temperature cut into cubes (make sure its not to soft, if it is pop it in the fridge for 10 minutes)

1 cup of cranberry jam (store bought) (leftovers from Thanksgiving dinner)
Or you can make your own:
¾ cup of fresh cranberries
3 Tbsp. water
½ cup of sugar

Place everything in a pot and bring to a simmer, let it cook down for about 5 minutes, mash up the berries and place in the fridge until you are ready to use. Can be made a couple days in advance.

How to Make Brioche
Brioche is an enriched dough with eggs, milk, and butter, it’s a luxury and may seem time consuming but all bread takes time and is totally worth all the effort. The inactive time when the dough is rising is the perfect time to get something important done, like napping. Do not be intimated by the steps, I have simply just broken them down to make the most sense. Once you master this dough you are on your way to delicious French Toast, Cinnamon Buns, Swirl Breads, Chocolate Babka, and even Burger Buns, the possibilities are endless!

1. In the bowl of a stand up mixer add your flour, sugar and salt.

2. Next in a small bowl gently heat up about ¼ of the milk and sprinkle the yeast in, mix it around and let it stand for 5 minutes until it starts to bubble up. ( the milk should be warm not hot!)

3. Mix the remaining milk and eggs together and poor them over the dry ingredients.

4. Once the yeast mixture looks bubbled up its activated and ready to add to the mixing bowl

5. Using the dough hook attachment on your mixer, mix on low speed for around 2 minutes.

6. Once the dough has formed start adding the butter cubes in (this should be done in about 4-5 steps)

7. Mix for 2 minutes in-between each addition to make sure the butter is fully incorporated into the dough.

8. Once all of the butter is incorporated your dough should look silky and be soft. If it doesn’t turn off your mixer and wait a couple minutes (allowing the dough to relax) turn back on the mixer for a minute and you should have beautiful dough.

9. Lightly grease a bowl and place the dough in it, cover and let rest in a warm environment for about 1 hour (until almost doubled in size).

10. Gently Punch down the dough to let the air escape (actually gas but lets not get to technical)

11. This dough is pretty soft so at this point to make life easier you can place it in the fridge either for 30 minutes, or overnight to let it firm up.

12. On a floured surface roll out your dough to an 18×12 inch rectangle (this does not need to be perfect)

13. Spread over your cranberry preserves and starting from one end tightly roll up the dough creating a log.

14. Using a serrated knife cut the dough in half

15. If you want to do the twist like the photos, I highly suggest popping this in the freezer for about 15 minutes.

16. Grease and flour two bread tins, place each portion in the prepared loaf pan and Cover the dough with either a towel or plastic wrap.

17. Pre heat the oven to 325 F convection or 350 F non convection

18. let the brioche have its final rise, about 45-minutes (setting the loaves beside the oven should work well as it is warm)

19. Mix up 1 egg with a little bit of water and using a pastry brush, brush the tops of the loaves.

20. Bake in the pre-heated oven for around 40-45 minutes. The bread will be dark golden brown. Let it cool in the loaf tin for about 10 minutes before removing it to cool on a wire rack (lay it on its side so you don’t have it fall apart on you).

This makes two loafs so freeze one or freeze both or eat it all. Or make Pumpkin French toast with it like we did!

Recipes created by MH food contributor Erin Creed. 

Travel Hacks


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Travelling (especially with two young kids) can be stressful, but if you have the right supplies it can make all the difference and your holiday can be a breeze!  I’ve made a list of all of my travel must-haves! These are the perfect travel hacks that make packing, travelling and enjoying a great vacation possible!

I love to have a nice scarf when travelling, not only because it can be so quick and chic, but especially great when you’re on the plane and gets uncomfortably cold. Another must have are these headphones, and how cute is that little envelope pouch for them?

A good book is a must when travelling. I’m so excited to start the one above, ‘Commonwealth’!

Shoes that fold are an amazing space saver and are so easy to throw in your carry on.

I always pack hand lotion and chap stick to protect from all that dry air on the plane.  I also take face mists so I don’t have to feel so dry when I get off the plane.  I love this rose hibiscus one, it’s so refreshing!  And you can’t forget about the hair!  This sparkling soda mist is another great refresher!

Successful travelling is all about organization!  That’s why I love this passport cover and document holder to keep everything in one place. Another must have is for sure a dirty laundry bag, and how cute is this Wash me one!  It’s great to keep all your dirty laundry in one place away from the rest of your clothes.  It’s also good to have a travel case for your make up to keep it all together in one place.

You’ll also need something super chic to pack it all in!  I also love a sturdy carry on which makes travelling easy and stylish at the same time.

Interested in more travel hacks from packing to snacking? I recently partnered with American Express Canada to showcase my travel style when it comes to family travel. Take a peek below at the video for more ways to up your travel came with the kids. Video Here .

My last travel tip is great if you’re always on-the-go and if you’re looking to earn points on everyday purchases. I recommend applying for a Card that comes with travel benefits like the Amex Gold Rewards Card.  All of those small purchases I tend to make during the week, from grocery trips to gas station fill ups can earn me two reward points from every dollar spent, which then of course can be redeemed for travel.

I hope these travel hacks will help you have a great, care free vacation. You can put your travel hacks to use on your next trip with American Express, using the right travel Card to get there!

Happy Travelling!

Thank you Amex Canada for sponsoring this post.  All comments and opinions are my own. 

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