James’ Spiced Fruit Loaf
We did warn you that James is a serial bread maker didn’t we? Here’s his debut bread recipe for his divine fruit loaf. Definitely something for the weekend.
Packed with fruit and has a good hit of cinnamon this tea time treat is delicious with thickly spread butter.
- 400g Strong white bread flour
- 10g Salt
- 40g Butter
- 40g Sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp mixed spice
- 100g raisins
- 75g dried apricots
- 1 1/2 tsp dried yeast
- 100 ml milk
- 100 ml water
This recipe works for both making by hand and in a machine. Obviously a bread machine is far easier but there is nothing quite like doing it yourself!
Depending on your bread machine either add the dry or wet ingredients first as they do differ. But either add all the dry ingredients then add the water and milk on top or the other way round. Make sure that you keep the salt and the yeast separated. Use either a sweet bread setting or if you are not sure then the standard medium sized loaf will do.
Press start and in a few hours……….ta-dah!
Made by Hand
Ok this is the longer, but ultimately more satisfying method!
In a food processor add the flour salt and yeast, add the yeast and salt to opposite side of the bowl. Add the butter, sugar, eggs, milk and half the water.
Mix at a slow speed for a few minutes until it comes together and is nice and elastic. Add the fruit and spice and mix again until combined.
Cover the bowl with a tea towel and leave it to rise in a warm place (I have a nice warm cupboard with pipes in!) leave for 1 1/2 hours.
Tip the dough onto a floured surface and lightly knead it until all the air has been knocked out of it. Cut the dough in half and shape them into ball by tucking the dough underneath itself.
Place each loaf on a lined baking tray inside a plastic bag and leave to prove for a hour.
Once risen bake at 210°C for 15-20 minutes.