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Christmas Morning Spiced Bread

Post by cb on Mon 21 Dec 2009 - 21:10

450g/1lb strong white bread flour
3/4 tsp salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
85g/3oz light muscovado sugar
2 tsp easy blend yeast
200ml/7 fl oz full-fat milk
50g/2oz unsalted butter
2 medium eggs beaten
2oz walnut pieces lightly toasted (optional)
3oz raisins
1 egg yolk to glaze


1. Sift the flour, salt & cinnamon into a bowl. Stir in the sugar & yeast, then make a well in the centre. Pour the milk into a small pan, add the butter & warm gently until butter has melted. Pour into the well & add beaten eggs. Gradually mix to a soft, slightly sticky dough.
2. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface & knead vigourously for 5 mins until smooth. Put the dough into a clean bowl, cover with oiled cling film & leave somewhere warm for 1 1/2 hours or until the dough has doubled in size. Lightly butter a 900g loaf tin.
3. Punch the air out of the dough & turn it out to a lightly floured surface again. Knead once more until smooth, then knead in the walnuts(if using) & raisins. divide the dough into three & shape each piece into an oval ball. Drop each ball side by side into the prepared tin & cover loosely with oiled cling film. Leave somewhere warm for 30 mins. until the dough has reached the top of the tin. Meanwhile preheat the oven to fan 180C/conventional 200C/gas 6.
4. Mix the egg yolk with 1 tbsp of water & brush the top of the risen loaf. Bake for 20 mins, covering loosely with a double sheet of foil once it's nicely browned. Then lower the temperaure to 160C/conventional 180C/gas 4 and bake for a further 20 mins. Turn the load out of it's tin and tap the base - it will sound hollow if the loaf is done. If it doesn't, return it to the oven out of it's tin and bake for another 5-10 mins. Cool the loaf on a wire rack. (The loaf can be sealed in a plastic bag and frozen for up to 1 month)


I make this in my breadmaker and use a sugar glaze once it is cooked and still warm. We usally have it toasted on Christmas morning after pressy unwrapping.

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Re: Christmas Morning Spiced Bread

Post by Lorraine on Mon 21 Dec 2009 - 21:29

Oooooh, proper bread. I wasn't expecting that, Cath.

Sounds lovely. Mr Green

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Post by Di Masters on Tue 22 Dec 2009 - 12:14

yum!!

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Re: Christmas Morning Spiced Bread

Post by lyndaejane on Tue 22 Dec 2009 - 14:11

Thanks so much for putting that up, Cath.

I don't usually faff about with yeast, but might get some in - in the hopes that I have a kitchen to cook it in before Christmas morning, that is!

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Re: Christmas Morning Spiced Bread

Post by gingerjo on Wed 23 Dec 2009 - 11:32

Cath what setting do you use in the breadmaker and for how long please. Sounds yum.

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Post by kt_dragonfly on Wed 23 Dec 2009 - 14:05

Can I have my loaf delivered, far too complicated for the likes of me!

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Re: Christmas Morning Spiced Bread

Post by cb on Wed 23 Dec 2009 - 23:13

gingerjo wrote:Cath what setting do you use in the breadmaker and for how long please. Sounds yum.

I use the basic setting Jo, adding the fruit at the beep. Mine takes 3hrs 25mins for a ikg size loaf.

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Re: Christmas Morning Spiced Bread

Post by supergran on Mon 14 Oct 2013 - 12:50

If you are making some this year can I put an order in Laughing Laughing Laughing 

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Re: Christmas Morning Spiced Bread

Post by thriftycrafter on Mon 14 Oct 2013 - 19:07

Looks wonderful, but I got stuck on the first instruction, can't remember the last time I sifted flour especially if it's going in a machine!

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Post by Scrap Monkey on Mon 14 Oct 2013 - 19:43

thriftycrafter wrote:Looks wonderful, but I got stuck on the first instruction, can't remember the last time I sifted flour especially if it's going in a machine!
good grief woman, have you not learned to sub-contract to offspring yet? Crying Laughin 

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Post by kimb on Mon 14 Oct 2013 - 20:51

you should always sift flour !!! makes things light and airy..naughty girl

saying that , me and oliver baked fairy cakes this morning and i used plain flour by mistake and they are flat as little pancakes but taste yummy

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Re: Christmas Morning Spiced Bread

Post by supergran on Tue 15 Oct 2013 - 15:23

Will pass this on to Lesley as well.

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Re: Christmas Morning Spiced Bread

Post by thriftycrafter on Tue 15 Oct 2013 - 17:29

Mine are always fluffy enough, & offspring aren't in much these days.
I'll stick with the low labour version ;)

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