fruit loaf

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Guess what, guys! I moved house again. This is now the fourth roof over my head this year, but will hopefully be a much more permanent fixture now I’m a young professional and all 😉 #yopro

I say that with a hefty dose of irony. I can’t actually get my head around having a job. What makes it even weirder is living in the same place where I went to university, and the fact that 99% of my friends here are still going to said university. In a couple of weeks’ time when term restarts they’ll be going to lectures and bar crawls and I’ll be like ‘wait for me, guys! Oh hang on…’

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This recipe was the first outing of my KitchenAid! I’m a little bit in love. Who knew that you could go and do other stuff whilst it does all the work of kneading bread for you?! Only last week I precariously balanced my handheld beaters on a bowl and went to do something else, only to come back and find cake mix decorating the kitchen {I don’t think I’ll ever learn}.

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This is a really light, fruit-studded loaf of bread that’s perfect for breakfast. Jump on my ‘grilling cake for breakfast’ train again, as we did for this banana bread. This is the exact same deal, and another staple on most Australian café menus. As an added bonus, you get poppy seeds EVERYWHERE. Teeth, carpet, hair, you name it; the buggers know no boundaries.

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Fruit Loaf

  • Servings: 10 chunky slices
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  • This recipe has been modified slightly from this one from Eat, Little Bird.
  • I was sadly without scales when I made this, so I measured the fruit very scientifically by going ‘well this bag is 500g, I’ll take about a fifth’, and then chucking some more in for good luck. Eat, Little Bird’s measurements are below, but add in as much or as little as you like. Also feel free to change them up for your faves or whatever you have lurking in the depths of your cupboards.
  • The loaf tin I used is slightly bigger than standard at 11″ by 5″.

Ingredients

  • 2¼ cups strong white bread flour {approx 350g}
  • 150ml milk
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 100g sultanas
  • 50g apricots
  • 55g unsalted butter
  • 1¾ tsp dried fast-action yeast
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • pinch ground cardamom
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds + 2 tbsp extra for the top of the loaf

Method

Melt the butter and set aside to cool. Warm up the milk until it’s body temperature; stir in the sugar and add the yeast.

Measure out the flour, salt, spices and poppy seeds and put them into a mixing bowl. Add the melted butter, beaten egg, and yeast mixture. Stir gently and then tip out onto a clean surface to knead; alternatively, use a mixer with a dough hook attachment. Knead for around 10 minutes, until smooth and elastic.

Cover the bowl with a tea towel and leave the dough to prove somewhere warm for an hour, until it’s doubled in size.


In the meantime, soak the sultanas in some hot water and chop up the apricots into small pieces; add them to the hot water too. After around 45 mins, tip out any excess water and dry the fruit with kitchen paper.

Retrieve the dough and tip out onto a clean, floury surface. Punch out most of the air with your knuckles, and tip the fruit on top. Gently roll the dough to evenly distribute the fruit inside, and then into a long rectangle.

Grease the loaf tin with a little butter or flavourless oil {eg. sunflower} and put the dough inside. Again, cover with a tea towel and leave somewhere warm for around 45 minutes, until it has expanded to fit the tin. Preheat your oven to 160*C {fan-forced}.


Brush the top of the loaf with a little more milk and sprinkle with the extra poppy seeds. Bake for 30 minutes or so, until golden brown on top and the tin sounds hollow when you tap it.

Serve in thick slices, toasted, with a little butter.


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2 thoughts on “fruit loaf

  1. Mmmm I love a good fruit bread, and this certainly looks to hit the mark Hannah. And I absolutely love love love the colour of your stand mixer. I don’t tend to get our stand mixer out too often (it’s just soooo heavy) so the hand held beaters with batter splattered work surfaces is something I can fully relate to 😉
    Angela x

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    • Thanks Angela! Mine is super heavy too so I’ve just decided to leave it out on the counter… it is a blue piece of art after all 😉
      Hannah x

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