Quick & Easy

Rich dark fruit loaf

Try this delicious rich, dark fruit loaf warm with butter for a tasty morning or afternoon tea. Packed with dried fruit and spices, there's no need for any added sugar.
rich dark fruit loaf
2H 30M



1.Combine fruit and the wat½ er in bowl; cover, stand 30 minutes.
2.Combine yeast, extra water and 1 teaspoon of the white plain flour in small bowl. Cover; stand in a warm place about 10 minutes or until frothy
3.Sift remaining flours and spices into large bowl. Stir in undrained fruit mixture and yeast mixture; mix to a sticky dough. Knead dough on floured surface 5 minutes. Place dough in large oiled bowl. Cover; stand in warm place about 1 hour or until risen slightly. Grease oven tray.
4.Knead dough on floured surface 5 minutes. Shape dough into a 15cm (6-inch) round, place on tray. Cover; stand in warm place about 40 minutes or until risen slightly.
5.Meanwhile, preheat oven to 200°C/400°F.
6.Brush top of dough with water, sprinkle with seeds, cover loosely with foil. Bake 30 minutes, then remove foil.
7.Reduce oven temperature to 180°C/350°F. Bake loaf a further 1¼ hours or until bread sounds hollow when tapped. Cover bread loosely with foil if over-browning. Turn bread, top-side up, onto wire rack to cool.

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