Baking Fruit Bread, My Regular Recipe And Advice

Lounge By BakingIrene Updated 11 Jun 2012 , 3:13pm by AnnieCahill

BakingIrene Posted 9 Jun 2012 , 6:39pm
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I have reworked a posted recipe for sweet fruit bread. The original recipe had a very lean dough. This is the kind of bread I have been baking since childhood that rises to a rich tasting texture and the added fruit is very nice.

The ingredients list for the recipe is as follows:

5 cups unbleached AP Flour (+ extra for kneading)
.5 cup WW Flour (1 cup if you prefer)
0.25 cup water
2 cups milkwhole or reduced fat or buttermilk
2 eggs
1 tsp salt
4 tbsp Honey
3 tbsp Oil or Butter or other choice
1 packet yeast
250gm fruit (a mix or just sultanas)
Cinnamon and Nutmeg to taste

Soak fruit in warm water for 10min. Drain thoroughly.
In a cup put 1/4 cup water, 1/2 tbsp sugar and yeast and let sit for 10min.

Heat milk with oil/butter and honey until warm to the touch. Microwave and stovetop both OK. Pour into a large mixing bowl.

Mix in WW flour and 3 cups of flour slowly, stiring to remove lumps.
Add yeast/sugar mix and eggs and combine well.
Add remaining flour. Add enough additional flour to make a slightly sticky dough.
Knead for 8 min. Add only enough flour to keep from sticking to counter.
Knead drained fruit into dough. Ad a spoonful of oil to the mxing bowl and and roll the dough.

Cover in plastic wrap and let rise 2 hours at 65-70F.
Punch down, divide in half, round up and shape into loaves.
Place into greased loaf pans. Cover with damp towl and let rise 45 minutes at 65-70F.
Bake in 350F oven for 30 to 35 minutes until top is hollow when tapped.

The two loaves shaped 9" long can be placed onto bakers parchment on a single baking sheet if you prefer. Turn the sheet 180 degress after 15 minutes of baking to brown from all sides. Saves washing up.

This recipe also makes superb sweet rolls. Make them as cinnamon rolls or just divide into 12 pieces and round up. Place on an parchment lined sheet. Proof for 45 minutes and bake for about 20-25minutes at 350F.

2 replies
Escaliba25 Posted 10 Jun 2012 , 11:20pm
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Thank you Irene. I must give this one a go.

AnnieCahill Posted 11 Jun 2012 , 3:13pm
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Thank you Irene!

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