This really does look good enough to eat even though I say it myself! And of course you are getting some fresh berries which are wonderful for you. The more berries the better. I love nuts so I’ve used walnut pieces but I sometimes use toasted hazelnuts or almonds. The base bread is fruit loaf and once you have made it pop it in the freezer and enjoy whenever you feel peckish. Toasted with butter I love it for breakfast and afternoon tea. It also makes a really decadent pudding if you add some vanilla ice cream and maple syrup.
450g strong white flour
14g easy blend yeast
50g caster sugar
50g unsalted butter melted
150ml warm milk
1 beaten egg
oil for greasing the loaf tin
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon salt
50g dried chopped apricots
50g dried chopped figs
50g chopped glace cherries
juice 1 orange
To make the bread dough pop the flour, yeast, salt, sugar and spices into a bowl.
Mix well and add the dried fruit and orange juice
Make a well in the middle of the bowl and gently pour the warm milk into it followed by the melted butter and beaten egg
Mix everything together to form a dough and knead gently
Now it’s time to prove the dough so pop into a clean greased bowl and cover with a clean damp tea towel
Leave in a warm spot but not too warm for about 1 hour
Check the dough after 40 minutes and then place on a lightly floured surface
Knead gently and half the dough. Pop in 2 x 2 lb loaf tins. Pop the damp tea towel back over the loaf tins and leave in the warm spot for 20 minutes
Preheat the oven to 180 C / 356 F / Gas 4
Bake the bread for 20 minutes. Check if it’s cooked by inserting a skewer into the middle of the loaf and if it comes out clean bingo!
Turn the loaf out of the tin and allow to cool
I slice my fruit loaf and gently fry a slice in butter I then pour some maple syrup over and decorate my plate with fresh sliced strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. Add your favourite chopped nuts if you’d like to.
© Catriona Macdougall cookyourselfhappier.com, 2017
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