The Best homemade Fruit Loaf

It has taken quite a few loaves to perfect this recipe. I use my breadmaker or the thermomix depending on what else I have cooking at the time, works well in both.

500 grams plain flour
teaspoon salt
15 grams brown sugar
20 grams honey
2 teaspoon mixed spice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoon dry yeast
30 grams melted butter
1 Tablespoon bread improver
300 ml lukewarm water
130 grams dried fruit (sultanas, currants, raisins, cherries, cranberries etc)

Using the breadmaker: put all ingredients in the bowl apart from the fruit in and set for basic, put fruit in after the first 10 minutes.

Thermomix: Put all ingredients in apart form the fruit mix 10 seconds/speed5 then knead 2 minutes. Add fruit and knead/2 minutes. Leave in a bowl covered somewhere warm to double in size. Knock back the dough and put in a greased loaf tin or shape into a loaf or fruit buns, onto and tray and leave to rise in a warm spot to double in size, then bake in a 200C oven for about 25 minutes or until golden. Serve freshly baked or sliced and toasted.

Or knead all the ingredients together by hand and follow the above rising and baking directions.

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Bread, grissini, pizza dough & sundried tomato, rosemary, fetta and garlic dinner rolls

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This recipe is suitable for a domestic bread maker. Otherwise it can be mixed and kneaded by hand. It will make one loaf or 12 dinner rolls. Or can be used as pizza dough or grissini

3 ½ cups plain flour (wholemeal or white or ½ and ½)
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon dry yeast
1 teaspoon bread improver
1 tablespoon semolina
20 ml milk
20 ml oil
320 ml luke warm water

If using bread maker put all ingredients in and use basic setting it will take about 3 hrs

Otherwise, mix all dry ingredients together and add wet ingredients. Knead until a nice smooth dough this will take about approx 20 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap and leave to let rise in warm position until it has doubled its size. Knock back and knead for 2 minutes until tight again.

Portion and shape as required or roll into loaf tin and let rise in warm position until it is. has grown a third of its size again.

Bake at 200 degrees C for 15- 20 minutes for dinner rolls or 25 min for a loaf, or until golden brown and crisp

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Grissini
working quickly so they don’t start to rise, roll  tablespoon size pieces into long thin sticks and bake at 200 degrees C for about 15 minutes until golden and crisp. Great with soup or for kids snacks.

This dough recipe makes four large pizzas, brush a teaspoon of oil on a tray and roll bread dough out thin and put on the tray and leave to rest for about 10 minutes. Top with your favourite toppings and bake immediately in a 200 degree C oven for about 15 minutes or until cooked through.

To make dinner rolls: portion into the 12 pieces, roll out thin and then roll up like a sausage,  here I have added a garlic, rosemary, fetta and sundried tomatoes for extra flavour, leave them to rise for about 15 minutes or until they have grown a third of their size again, and bake in a  200 degree C oven.

Like this recipe? Find more in my first cookbook The Real Food for Kids Cookbook. When you cook this please let me know how you go with it and share it with your friends!