This bread makes a great sandwich with sliced turkey and havarti, or try it toasted topped with creamy Brie.
1¾ cups warm (105-110°F) water
⅓ cup molasses
4 teaspoons active dry yeast
4 to 4 ⅓ cups bread flour, divided
⅔ cup yellow cornmeal
⅔ cup rye flour
⅔ cup whole wheat flour
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tablespoons vital wheat gluten
1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
2 teaspoons salt
1⅓ cups dried cranberries
1⅓ cups walnuts
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons walnut oil or flavorless vegetable oil
cornmeal for dusting the pan
flour for dusting the bread
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Place warm water, molasses and yeast in the Cuisinart mixing bowl. Let stand 5 to 10 minutes until mixture is foamy and bubbly.
While yeast is proofing, combine 3 ½ cups of bread flour with the whole-wheat flour, cornmeal, rye flour, cocoa powder, vital wheat gluten, espresso powder, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the yeast mixture. Insert the dough hook and mix on speed 2 for 2 minutes. Add the cranberries, walnuts and oil and mix on speed 3 for an additional 2 minutes. Continuing on speed 3, add the remaining flour 1 tablespoon at a time until a dough ball forms that clings to the dough hook and cleans the sides of the bowl. Set the timer for 4 minutes to allow the dough to knead. Transfer to a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm, draft-free place, until doubled in size, about 1 to 2 hours. Divide dough into 2 equal pieces (about 1 pound 15 ounces each). Shape each into a loaf 10 inches long by 3 inches wide.
Line a baking sheet with parchment and dust with cornmeal. Arrange the loaves equally spaced on baking sheet. Dust lightly with flour. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until about doubled.
While loaves are rising, preheat oven to 350°F. Cut 4 diagonal slashes about ⅛-inch deep in the top of in each loaf, using a serrated knife, razor blade or lame. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, until bread sounds hollow when tapped and registers 205°F when tested with an instant-read thermometer. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Bread slices best when completely cooled.