Mixed spice fruit bread
Time to make: 1 hr 30 mins , plus 40 mins proving
( Hands-on time: 1 hr )
Total cost: $ 6.50 / $ 0.65 per serve
(at time of publication)
- 1 1/2 cups flour plus extra, for kneading
- 8g sachet instant dried yeast
- pinch of salt
- 1-2 teaspoons mixed spice
- 2 tablespoons soft brown sugar
- 1 cup mixed dried fruit including raisins, dried apricots (chopped) and cranberries
- 2/3 cup lukewarm water
- 1 egg, beaten
- 3 tablespoons icing sugar
Total fat 1g
Saturated fat N/S
Dietary fibre 2g
1 Place flour in a bowl with yeast, salt, mixed spice, sugar and half of the dried fruit. Make a well in the centre. Use a spoon to add enough water to make a soft dough.
2 Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for 5 minutes to form a smooth ball. Use extra flour if necessary.
3 Lightly grease a mixing bowl. Add dough and cover with lightly greased plastic wrap. Leave in a warm place for 30 minutes to rise (‘proving’ time).
4 Dough is proved when a finger pressed into it springs back. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for 5 minutes.
5 Divide into 2 even balls and roll out each to a 32cm long sausage. Place on baking tray and ‘plait’ the sausage shapes from one end, using egg to seal the ends together. Brush with remaining egg. Cover with greased plastic wrap and leave for 10 minutes.
6 Sprinkle with remaining fruit. Bake for 25 minutes until well risen and golden brown. Cool. Mix icing sugar with a little water and drizzle over bread. Serve sliced.
Hanu de Jong
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