Date fig and walnut loaf

The time and effort of proving and kneading your own dough brings with it a certain sense of achievement. The first bite of this tasty date fig and walnut loaf can only add to the contentment that comes with a job well done.
FIG, DATE AND Walnut Loaf


Date, fig and walnut loaf


Date, fig and walnut loaf

1.Combine yeast, caster sugar, the water and milk in large bowl; whisk until yeast dissolves. Whisk in sifted flour. Cover; stand in warm place about 30 minutes or until mixture is frothy.
2.Stir egg, rind, sifted extra flour, cinnamon and brown sugar into yeast mixture. Stir in butter, fruit and nuts; mix to a soft dough.
3.Knead dough on floured surface until smooth. Place dough in large oiled bowl; cover, stand in warm place about 1½ hours or until dough has doubled in size.
4.Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F. Grease 14cm x 21cm (5½-inch x 8½-inch) loaf pan; line base with baking paper.
5.Using fist, punch dough to expel air. Turn dough onto floured surface, knead until smooth; place into pan. Cover loosely with greased plastic wrap; stand in warm place about 30 minutes or until risen.
6.Remove plastic wrap. Brush dough with egg yolk, sprinkle evenly with combined extra sugar and extra cinnamon.
7.Bake loaf 10 minutes. Reduce oven to 180°C/350°F; bake further 30 minutes. Turn onto wire rack to cool.

Be careful to measure all the ingredients exactly, especially the cinnamon which can hinder the action of the yeast in making the bread rise.


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