I bought some fresh yeast in Mercadona and tried to remember after all these years how I used to make fruit bread, the result was a surprisingly easy to make loaf which was wonderfully delicious.
250g plain flour
1 tsp mixed spice or cinnamon
½ tsp salt
1oz mixed peel
1oz glace cherries
2oz margarine melted
6 tablespoons lukewarm milk
Preheat the oven to 200.
Combine yeast with the milk, melted butter and egg in a jug.
Sift flour, salt and cinnamon or spice in a large bowl. Add dried fruit and combined. Make a well in the centre and add the yeast mixture. Bring the dough together in the bowl.
Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes or until smooth and elastic, adding a little more flour if required. Place in the bowl and cover with a damp tea towel and put in a warm place to prove for 1 hour or until the dough doubles in size.
Punch down the centre of the dough then turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 2-3 minutes or until it has returned to its original size. Then roll into a log shape approx 12 long. Stand in a warm, draught-free place for 20-30 minutes or until the dough has risen to almost double its original size.
Bake for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 180°C and bake for a further 30 minutes or until golden and cooked through. When it is ready, it will sound hollow when tapped on the bottom. Remove loaf from oven and turn onto a wire rack to cool.
Meanwhile, to make the glaze, combine the 3oz of icing sugar, with a small amount of water. I started off with a teaspoon and added slowly until it was quite runny.
Drizzle icing over loaf and set aside for 30 minutes or until icing sets. Cut into slices and serve with butter.
It is delicious and good to know that like riding a bike you don’t forget (well almost don’t forget) how to do it.