Chocka Fruit & Aniseed Bread…

Have a bite!!

Have a bite!!

Mmmmm

Mmmmm

A little Butter

A little Butter

Decided last weekend that it was time for another fruity fruity fruity and FRUITY bread:)

Dangerous because as you know, I then am very likely to scoff the lot…

I just can not control myself with the fruits….

This one is stuffed full of cranberries , raisins, zest and aniseed:)

You should smell the aniseed…Heavenly….

Those greedyboys don’t like my fruity breads much….

Oh well, more for me:)

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My favourite spice

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Grind it!!

Cranberry water...

Cranberry water…

What will you need?

1.5 cups of raisins

1.5 cups of cranberries

3 tsp ground aniseed

75 g butter

4 cups of Strong baking flour

Zest of 1 lemon/ orange

1 tsp salt

4 tsp of dried yeast

2 tsp of muscovado sugar.

Fruity mix

Fruity mix

Yeasty cranberry water

Yeasty cranberry water

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 cup of the raisin water in a small bowl and heat until warm.

Stir in the muscovado sugar and the dried yeast.

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

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

Add the yeasty raisin water into the dry ingredients.

Add enough of the remaining cranberry/raisin water to mix a nice moist dough.

Add in the butter until well blended.

Knead for 5 minutes, then place in an oiled bowl, cover and leave to rest for 90 minutes.

Dough ready to rise:)

Dough ready to rise:)

Risen and ready for fruit!!

Risen and ready for fruit!!

Fruit to be added

Fruit to be added

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 below 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.

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Ready to bake...

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Preheat the oven to 225 celsius.

Place bread in hot oven and bake 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.

Slice a piece and enjoy whilst warm….

Enjoy, Enjoy, Enjoy!!

Mmmmm Crusty and crumb delicious!!

Mmmmm Crusty and crumb delicious!!

mMMMM

mMMMM

Wonderful warm...

Wonderful warm…

Fruity...

Fruity…

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 and dipped in home made lemon curd!!

What a way to start the day!!

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2 thoughts on “Chocka Fruit & Aniseed Bread…

    • thanks…I love your creations and recipes…i wish i had a traditional cuisine to call my own and tweak but nz is pretty new so we create our own:)…using a mesh of of other cuisines…But the bread baking is easy peasy but it needs to be in your heart:)

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