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:)
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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!!