Fruit Tea Loaf

Another big hit from James Morton's Brilliant Bread. I am having fun working my way through this thoroughly refreshing and entertaining book. For the balsamic onion bread see this post.. Again I have adapted it for the Thermomix but if you want to knead by hand I'm sure it will be easy to adapt.

You will need:

2 large eggs

260g full cream milk

500g strong white bread flour

10g salt

5g ground cinnamon

1.5 teaspoon ground nutmeg

2 tablespoons honey

14g fast action yeast

Grated zest of orange

30g olive oil

100g dried fruit of your choice

Egg wash and sliced almonds to decorate


I love the method of proving in the TM bowl and I have never been disappointed when making sweet breads.

Heat the eggs and milk to (tepid) 37° at sp2. Stop when the light stops flashing.

Add all the other ingredients apart from dried fruit and olive oil. Mix 20 seconds sp 4

Mix on interval spoon speed dough setting for 2.5 minutes adding dried fruit and olive oil though opening in the final minute. If you want your fruit chunkier leave fruit until last few seconds.

Leave in TM bowel for first prove, about an hour. The MC will be pushed up and off!

Tip out onto floured board, knock back and shape. Loaf tin or indivual pop up loaves ( I love these for guests)

Prove for about 40 minutes.

Just before placing in oven brush with egg was and scatter sliced almonds over the bread.



Cook for 30-40 minutes in roastng oven of aga or 220°C

I was multi-tasking (read trying to do too much!) so left them in too long. Meant only a few photos as burnt crust and almonds not too appealing!!



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