Fruit Loaf

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.

Ingredients
250g plain flour
1 tsp mixed spice or cinnamon
½ tsp salt
3oz currants
1oz mixed peel
1oz glace cherries
½oz yeast
2oz sugar
2oz margarine melted
6 tablespoons lukewarm milk
1 egg

Method
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.

dsc01966Turn 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.

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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.

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Drizzle icing over loaf and set aside for 30 minutes or until icing sets. Cut into slices and serve with butter.

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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.

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