Mmmm Cranberry, Raisin & Spice bread…

Heavenly.

You know I love sweet breads.

I love all sweet breads but the fruity ones hold a special place in my heart….

This one I love as i put a dollop of molasses or treacle in it, to give it a wee bit of extra oomph!

Sorry piccies are not the best this week….Hubby has the camera with him in the US, so it’s the old phone camera I am afraid…

Very very Tasty…

Scrumptious Cranberry, Raisin and Cinnamon bread…

Mmmmm I can smell and taste it ………….This is tasty, tasty, stuff!

Without further Ado….

What will you need?

1.5 cups of raisins

1 cup of cranberries

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp cloves

1 tsp nutmeg

4 tsp dried yeast

1tbsp molasses

25g butter

4 cups of Strong baking flour

1 tsp salt.

The dough….

Soak the cranberries and raisins in warm water for 2-3 hours.

Just cover the fruit…

Drain the fruit well when plump and keep the raisin/cranberry water.

Put 1/2 cup of the raisin water in a small bowl and heat until warm.

Stir in the molasses and the dried yeast.

Allow to stand until creamy and frothy,  about 10 minutes.

Place all dry ingredients, including spices in a bowl and combine well.

Add 1 cup of the raisin water to the yeasty mix and add into the dry ingredients.

Add in the fruit…

If you need to add in additional raisin water until a smooth dough is mixed.

Combine well and add in the butter and knead for about 5-6 minutes.

Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover well.

Allow to rise for 2 hours.

Ready for 2nd rise

Remove dough from bowl onto a lightly floured board/ area.

Toss fruit in 2 tsp flour and coat lightly.

Gently roll out the dough, as above and scatter half the fruit across the dough.

Roll up the dough and allow to sit for about 10 minutes.

Roll out the dough and repeat the process.

Shape the dough to the shapes you would like.

Place on baking tray lined with paper and allow to rise for an hour or so until almost doubled.

Ready to bake 🙂

Preheat the oven to 225 celsius.

Place bread in hot oven and bale for 10 minutes at the above temperature.

Reduce heat to 200 celsius and bake for a further 40 minutes.

Remove from oven when baked and allow to cool on a rack.

Ready to eat 🙂

Cut a slice and Enjoy, Enjoy, Enjoy!!

This is such a nice moist bread and I can only imagine how nice it would be if it was really crusty…

Sadly just not possible in my oven but the crust is decent.

I usually freeze one and then I can have 1-2 pieces all week………….

It is the ideal pick me up at 5pm..sugar hit of fruit:)

It is nice with nuts added and you can play round slightly with the flours, or fruits.

Toasted with some lemon Puhoi yoghurt………What a way to start the day!!

Tasty….

Mmmmmm

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