I often have fruit bread at a cafe when I do not want something very sweet.
I decided to make my own as many of the fruit loaves have preservatives and colouring in them. I also made them free style loaves, however these could be made in a bread maker if you want to save time.
You could also make them in bread loaf tins, but I think making them free style makes them look more authentic and rustic.
It was quite expensive to make as I had to buy several packets of dried fruit, however it was far superior to the bought ones.
: 30 minutes plus proofing time
: 30 minutes
: 2 loaves
100 g sultanas
100 g dates, chopped
100 g dried apricots, I bought chopped ones
100 g figs, chopped
2 tbsp rum or brandy or slightly more
60 g unsalted butter
240 ml full cream milk
7 g sachet yeast
500 g bread flour
2 tsp salt
35 g caster sugar
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
2 tsp cinnamon
125 g flaked almonds
½ tsp all spice
Zest of 2 lemons
Zest of 2 oranges
1 egg for top of bread
Dough should have this smooth look now
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