No Knead Cinnamon Pecan Loaf + a GIVEAWAY!

No Knead Cranberry Pecan Loaf | The Sugar Hit


It was my birthday yesterday, as I’m sure you all probably know (I wasn’t exactly subtle about it), and I had such an awesome day. I had lunch with my sister, dinner with my mum and dad and breakfast with my boyfriend, and oh-so-much delicious food!


There were cookbooks galore (which I’m psyched to tell you about soon!) some beautiful vintage Le Creuset and chocolates from my favourite chocolate shop on the face of the earth. And there were so many kind messages and birthday wishes from you guys sitting on Twitter and Facebook and yesterday’s post, you completely made my day! It was officially my best birthday yet.




So to say THANK YOU for all your kindness, for reading my blog, and for just generally being awesome, I have teamed up with Salt and Pepper Homewares and put together this awesome giveaway!!


The prize pack is all about Morning Rituals…I’ll let the good people @saltandpepperhome tell you about it.


You’ll never be caught out when guests arrive unexpected with this collection of Salt&Pepper products from the BARISTA range. Store pantry essentials in fashionable canisters and tins to keep them fresher for longer and impress guests serving special treats on your red stable tray. Complete with tea essentials you’ll be able to create a cafe style hub in the comfort of your own home.


No Knead Cranberry Pecan Loaf | The Sugar Hit


My morning ritual revolves almost entirely around toast from Monday to Friday. All the bread in Casa Sugar Hit is homemade, and usually based on a super-simple no knead dough, because who has time for all that kneading? Not this gal.


This loaf is my new favourite breakfast staple. As soon as my birthday rolls around my sights get set on Christmas, and I seem to have unconsciously let that seep into my baking! This loaf is loaded with tart, dried cranberries, beautifully toasty pecans and just a hint of cinnamon. It’s crusty, not particularly sweet (there’s no added sugar in this), and it’s absolute nirvana toasted and spread with salted butter.


No Knead Cranberry Pecan Loaf | The Sugar Hit


So now, to the giveaway! It’s open to all Australian residents (sorry overseas readers – I do love you!) and all you need to do to enter is leave a comment on this post telling me what your morning ritual is. For bonus entries to increase your chances, swing over to the Salt and Pepper Facebook page and give it a LIKE, or follow @saltandpepperhomewares on Instagram and leave a comment here letting me know that you’ve done so!


The competition will run until midnight on the 25th September AEST, and a winner will be selected randomly, announced and contacted on Friday the 26th September. Good luck everybody!


Giveaway closed – congratulations to Joanna, the winner! This prize package was provided by Salt and Pepper. No compensation was received by myself for running this giveaway.


xx Sarah


No Knead Cranberry Pecan Loaf | The Sugar Hit


No Knead Cinnamon Pecan Loaf + a GIVEAWAY!
Super-simple, very Christmassy, and absolutely perfect at breakfast time.
  • 3 cups (450g) plain or bread flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¾ tsp dry active yeast
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1½ cups (375ml) water
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  1. Place all the ingredients, except the cranberries and pecans into a bowl and stir with a wooden spoon until all the ingredients are incorporated, and there are no dry patches of flour.
  2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and leave in a warm place for 4 hours, or in a cool place overnight.
  3. Once the dough has risen, stir in the cranberries and pecans and scrape the dough out into a ball on a piece of baking paper. This ball will become your loaf.
  4. Pick up the dough, using the paper, and place it back into the mixing bowl (no need to rinse or wash or anything. Cover loosely with plastic again, and leave for an hour.
  5. To bake the loaf, preheat the oven 400F/200C and place a 24cm dutch oven with the lid on into the oven to heat up for 15 minutes.
  6. After 15 minutes, take the dutch oven out, pick up the rested dough, using the corners of the baking paper, and plop it into the dutch oven. Place the lid back on and put the whole thing into the oven for 30 minutes.
  7. After 30 minutes, remove the lid and bake for a further 20 minutes. Once the loaf is baked, remove it from the dutch oven and leave to cool completely before slicing. Yum!

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  • Hi! My morning usually starts with a chilly jog (not quite summer yet!) by then im hanging for breaky, eggs, any way. i just love them, or porridge with yogurt and fruit. Ive tried the whole smoothie thing, just doesn’t work for me :/
    I have liked salt and pepper fb page
    i have started following them on instagram too

  • Are sweetened cranberries okay? They seem to be the only ones I can ever find. And my morning ritual is pretty much running screaming out the door with a piece of Vegemite toast in hand.

  • My morning ritual involves a bowl of cereal while watching the breakfast news, followed by a brisk walk (which helps to wake me up and energise me for the day).

  • I’m going to have to start saving for a dutch oven just for this kind of recipe, looks delish. Bread with only real ingredients like this gets pretty pricey, so DIY might be the way to go.

    On a work day I usually have spiced oatmeal as I can make it the night before, but on my lazy days I like to cook up some eggs, sweet potato and whatever greens I have on hand – toast would be a welcome addition!

  • This recipe looks incredible! I can’t wait to try it.

    My snooze button will probably tell you something very different, but mornings are my favourite time of day. I usually set the alarm for way earlier than I have to get up so I can enjoy that blissful, leisurely lying-in-bed after a sleep-in feeling before I start my day. The rest of my ritual includes cooking breakfast while rocking out to music that is probably way too loud for the morning (blueberry pancakes with orange syrup is my favourite breakfast but I usually cook a lot of eggs during the week), and then a quick shower before I have to run to catch the bus to uni. It’s the best way to start the day!

    Oh, I liked the Salt and Pepper Facebook page too! And the Couverture & Co. page too, because I’d never heard of them and their chocolates look amazing.

  • Yummo! Freshly baked no knead bread trumps my morning routine that involves a bowl of coco pops and a caffeine and sugar laden dawn kapow to the brain (Can’t function without that requisite cup of coffee)… Have liked and followed s&p too

  • Happy Birthday! All the lunching and bruching sounds just perfect.

    My morning ritual always consists of fighting the urge to sleep in then winning! I reward myself with a cup of green tea, something on yummy toast (eggs, avocado, tomato, honey, blueberries, ricotta pb, vegemite) OR if it’s a weekend.. something epic like baked eggs or pancakes. YUM. Now I want pancakes.. ima go make pancakes.

    I like S&P on FB too, I love their stuff!

    This bread looks amazing and I am another no-knead queen so this is perfect for me! I must give it a go x

  • This looks delicious! I love dried cranberries, especially in breakfast foods! My morning ritual is usually waking up on the third or fourth alarm that I’ve set, getting some coffee in me and complementing that with either toast, muesli or fruit of some kind.

  • This bread looks Mouth-wateringly good. At the moment I’m favouring Bircher museli as my morning ritual. I mix up oats, greek yoghurt, some shredded coconut, berries and a little bit of orange juice the night before and voila- all ready in the morning. Otherwise it’s Vegemite or avo and feta on toast:)

  • what a great birthday you had . My morning ritual now that it’s spring is muesli and Greek yoghurt and coffee made by George (nespresso) ,and the weekend is going out on Sunday to try different restaurants/cafes for brunch with family.

  • My morning routine invludes a strong brew of loose leaf tea in a lovely teapot for 2 . While this steeps I toast a nice thick slice of bread and top with butter and Bonne Maman apricot conserve. Simple pleasures.

  • i love baking bread! this looks like a new recipe to bookmark XD my mornings begin at 6.15 and include a shower, a prompt and smelly dog straight after and usually porridge or yogurt/granola/fruit concoction – yum! Then i pack my bag, make a coffee and im on the bus at 7.30, wayyyy too early and still half asleep :)

  • So I’m a little late but happiest of birthdays!! IT sounds like you had a lovely day. This cinnamon pecan loaf sounds wonderful. I add cinnamon to most things and I Love that this is no knead on top of all that wonderful cinnamon and pecan goodness! Again, so glad I found your blog!!

  • Yippee! I can’t usually enter these kinds of giveaways! I have quite a few morning rituals at the moment. Cup of tea (essential) followed by 20 minute walk and breakfast in the garden if it’s nice enough.
    Love the loaf and would be happy to incorporate it into my morning ritual!

  • Hey gurl,

    Just whipping up a loaf as we speak – do you keep the loaf on the baking paper when you put it in the dutch oven? Not sure if it’ll make a huge difference, but thought I’d check. Xo

  • I just found your recipe and I’m about to give it a try. It looks super.
    I am wondering… Have you ever put fresh cranberries in it instead of dried? I am making two loaves.. and mulling over the idea of using fresh for one of them.. the berries would be tart.. but juicier too.
    What do you think?

    • I have never tried it with fresh cranberries! I suspect that the acidity in the cranberries might affect the yeast, so if you did want to incorporate them, I would suggest doing it in the morning, after the dough has had it’s overnight rise.

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