Cranberry Walnut Rolls

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These cranberry walnut rolls are soft, light and tender, and are packed with lots of dried cranberries and toasted walnuts. This oven baked bread roll recipe is a nice addition to holiday tables or any time of year. This dough recipe comes together easily and is great to work with. The dough rises nicely, holding the roll shape perfectly and puffs up and browns nicely in the oven. The cranberry walnut roll recipe calls for sprinkling the rolls with some raw sugar also known as turbinado or demerara, but you can skip this step if you prefer. If you have any apple butter you can spread some onto the rolls; they would also work well with an orange-infused butter. These cranberry rolls are a good size for your holiday dinner with one roll per person working just fine, or you can enjoy them for a breakfast treat. For this oven baked bread roll recipe you will need walnuts, bread flour, brown sugar, quick-rising dry yeast, salt, whole milk, vegetable oil, egg, dried cranberries, nonstick and raw sugar.

The walnuts for this roll recipe are a healthy addition. Walnuts are round, single-seeded fruits that come from the walnut tree. The fruit and the seed of walnut are enclosed in a thick, inedible husk. The shell of the fruit that encloses the kernel of the walnut is hard and two-halved. The seed of the walnut fruits contains significant amounts of healthy nutrients such as proteins, essential fatty acids, vitamins, carbohydrates, and essential minerals. Walnuts have always been considered as Brain Food, and that might have something to do with the fact that walnuts have a surface that is crinkly like that of the brain. Because of this, walnuts have been considered as a symbol of intelligence, which has led to the belief that walnuts actually increase one’s intellect. While this is not exactly true, there are recent studies that have proven that the consumption of walnuts helps in promoting brain function. Walnuts contain omega-3 fatty acids, which increase the activity of the brain. Omega-3 fatty acids coupled with iodine and selenium add to ensuring optimum functioning of the brain. Along with the delicious taste of walnuts, they have antioxidants and proteins that help in imparting a variety of health benefits. Walnuts are also a delicious supplement, and therefore they can be easily included in anyone’s diet. Walnuts are also considered as Power food since they are believed to help improve body stamina.

Walnuts are full of healthy benefits. There are several healthy benefits of consuming walnuts. Some of the important benefits that have been established by research include improving heart function. Walnuts are a rich source of omega-3 and are an ample source of monounsaturated fatty acids such as oleic acid. Walnuts also contain EFAs such as linoleic acid, alpha-linolenic acid and arachidonic acids. Scientific studies have proven that the inclusion of walnuts in the diet may help to prevent coronary heart diseases by favoring a healthy lipid supply. The consumption of walnuts lowers bad cholesterol and increases the level of good cholesterol. The daily consumption of about 25 grams of walnuts provides 90 percent of the recommended daily intake of EFAs, which in turn may help to lower the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease. Consuming walnuts may also help to boost bone health. The EFAs from walnuts help to secure the bone health of the body. Walnuts increase the calcium absorption and deposition, while also reducing urinary calcium excretion.

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