Thursday, 3 March 2011

Use your (spiced and fruited) loaf

Yesterday I made this spiced fruit loaf which, quite frankly, was totally delicious.  We ate almost half the loaf in one sitting, eaten warm from the oven and smothered in butter.  We renamed it 'Pirate pudding' for our Darling boy and had it at tea-time as he is so pirate mad at the moment.  It was so tasty that I made a second today to give to our Homing Heros.

I must confess it was made in a bread maker (I love my breadmaker, I have had it for nearly a decade and it's still going strong) but I'm sure you could make it using your actual hands, kneading it and waiting for it to rise, and knocking it back and kneading it again, etc, but who has the time for these shenanigans when there are such inventions as bread machines and Sex in the City DVD box sets to watch whilst the children are napping?

So, here is the recipe, it's basically a loaf of hot cross bun loveliness, which is just dandy in my book.  The recipe is adapted from 'Bread Machine Easy' by Sara Lewis

Makes 1x 750g loaf of spiced loveliness

200ml water
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons butter at room temp
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground mixed spice
425g strong white flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon fast action yeast
150g sultanas
50g chopped candied peel

Chuck it all in the machine in the order listed.  Choose a sweet loaf setting on your trusty machine.  Sit back and relax (remembering to add the sultanas and peel when your machine beeps at you)  When it is done, bring 2 tablespoons of water to the boil with 1 tablespoon of sugar.  Anoint your loaf with the sticky goo and sit on your hands till it's cool enough to slice and eat.

Handsome husband and Darling boy had theirs with honey, whilst Little brother and me went the simplistic route of just butter and a big smile

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