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Homemade: Wholemeal Fruit Bread

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I recently tried my hand at making my own fruit bread. It was absolutely delicious – the kids had two slices each with breakfast!

Ingredients

  • 15g fresh or dried yeast
  • 15g honey
  • 300-350ml warm water or buttermilk
  • Water and buttermilk weigh 1:1 so 350ml of water or buttermilk equals 350g when weighed in the TMX.
  • If your buttermilk is cold from the fridge, simply pour into TMX first and warm for 3min, 50C, Sp 1. Then pour out into a jug ready to use for your dough.
  • 250g wholemeal flour
  • 250g semolina flour
  • 15g pink salt
  • 1tsp mixed spice
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • 180g mixed dried fruit (loaf pictured was 120g sultanas, 30g currants, 30g cranberries)
  • extra flour and semolina flour mixed together for dusting

Method

  1. Place yeast, honey and half the warm water or buttermilk in TMX
  2. Mix 5 sec, Sp 7 with MC in place
  3. Leave in TMX for 5 min to allow yeast to react
  4. Add flours, mixed spice, cinnamon, then salt  and mix 5 sec, Sp 7
  5. Set TMX to closed lid position and knead for 1-2 min while slowly pouring in remaining water or buttermilk
  6. Add dried fruit and mix 10 sec, Sp 5
  7. Turn dough out onto floured bench or into large bowl with a handful of flour in the bottom
  8. Knead by hand for 30 seconds then leave to prove in a warm, draft-free spot for at least 40 minutes
  9. Punch dough to release the air, then turn out onto floured bench or leave in large bowl, sprinkle with a little flour and knead well for 3 minutes
  10. Place dough in lightly greased loaf tin and prove a second time for 90 minutes
  11. Bake at 220C for 20-25 min
  12. You can brush the top of the fruit loaf with milk before baking or with a sugar syrup when it’s hot from the oven to add to the delicious crust

I like to turn my oven onto 100C for 5 min then switch off and put dough in there to prove. I place the dough in a large, lightly oiled bowl and place a tea towel across the top to stop any drafts.

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Little People: Lunchbox Legends

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Lunchboxes. The constant challenge of parents around the world. How to keep your kids lunch boxes (and your own lunch boxes!) delicious and healthy. I’ll continue to add links to this page each time I post a recipe that is suitable for tucking in a lunchbox to make it that little bit more interesting and tasty.

  • Sun-Dried Tomato & Spinach Frittatas : these frittatas freeze really well. Simply place in a container or snap-lock bag and freeze until needed. I often pop them in my kids lunch boxes frozen and they defrost perfectly in time for lunch. 
  • Jam Buttons: delicious little old-fashioned biscuits
  • Happy Crackers : replace processed crackers with your own homemade healthy, delicious crackers
  • Zucchini Quiche: this quiche  freezes really well. Simply place in a container or snap-lock bag and freeze until needed. I often pop them in my kids lunch boxes frozen and they defrost perfectly in time for lunch. 
  • Chocolate Magic Bean Cake: delicious and nutritious, great for the lunchbox, afternoon tea or a birthday party
  • Sausage Rolls: Healthy, homemade sausage rolls packed with veggies
  • Wholemeal Fruit Bread: Great fresh or toasted for breakfast or a snack. I slice and freeze mine so that it is quick and easy to toast a slice when needed.
  • Garlic, Herb & Cheese Bread: Delicious warm from the oven or in lunch boxes the next day