We are absolutely delighted to share this fantastic spiced fruit loaf recipe with you from one of favourite bloggers at feasting is fun. Sammie bakes everything from cookies to delicious loaves of bread such as this one and we simply had to share her recipe with you.
We recently sent Sammie at feasting is fun a selection of our products for review, as she was equally as passionate about baking using British manufactured bakeware as we are! This fantastic recipe for a spiced fruit loaf was one of many she created using our 3lb loaf tin and we love it! Fruit loaf is the perfect accompanying food for a cup of tea or coffee, especially at this time of year! The warming flavours you get from the cinnamon and ginger combined the tangy taste of the dried fruits will leave you feeling warm right through to the core. A fantastic recipe from the equally fantastic Sammie at feasting is fun, we can’t recommend her blog enough, especially if you want some inspiration for baking bread. We are delighted to share this recipe with you, so why not have a go at home!
Step 1- Take a measuring jug and crack the large free range egg in to it. Add the 320ml of whole milk in to make up to around 340ml in total with the egg. Beat together until well combined.
Step 2- Pour the mixture in to the bowl of a bread maker or a stand mixer, whatever you have to hand. Then add in the 1 tsp of honey and the sachet of fast action dried yeast.
Step 3-Next, take the 500g of white bread flour and add it to the mixture before adding the tsp of salt and the 75g of butter to the top of the flour.
Step 4-If you are using a bread maker, put it on to the dough cycle and add the ginger, cinnamon, and the dried fruit when you are encouraged to do so by the bread machine, or if you aren’t prompted, add it in around 5 minutes before the end.
Step 5- If you are using a stand mixer, attach the dough hook to it. Start mixing it on a medium speed until it is well combined. Stop to remove any dough that is caught on the hook before adding the spices and the dried fruit to the mixture. Mix for a further 5 minutes. Stop the process and again remove all the dough from the hook attachment. Shape the dough in to a ball and place back in to the mixer bowl. Cover it with a damp tea towel and leave it in a cupboard for around 1 hour until it has doubled in size.
Step 6-Take your 3lb loaf tin and grease it with any of the remaining butter.
Step 7-If you are using the bread mixer, once it has finished the cycle, restart the machine so it can mix the dough again for around 2 minutes.
Step 8-If you are using the stand mixer, take the dough out of the cupboard once it has doubled in size and place it back in the mixer with the dough hook and place it on a medium speed for 2 minutes to knock back, or mix, the dough again.
Step 9- Dust your surface with some flour and tip the dough on to it. The dough should feel sticky. Shape the dough in to a shape that is suitable for the 3lb loaf tin you are using. Cover it again with a damp tea towel and allow it to double in size for about an hour.
Step 10- With about 10 minutes remaining, preheat your oven to 210 degrees celcius or 190 degrees celcius if you have a fan oven. Place the 3lb loaf tin in the middle of the oven and bake for about 30 minutes.
Step 11- You will be able to tell when the spiced fruit loaf has finished baking as it will have a delicious golden brown finish. The spiced fruit loaf will also sound hollow when you tap it on the bottom. Allow to cool on a cooling rack before serving. Enjoy this with spread of butter on top and nice cup of tea!