A friend said she was going to call for a coffee this morning. I wanted to make her something home made to have with our coffee. She bakes cakes for a living so I thought it best not to bake a cake as by comparison there’s nothing will compare with the ones she makes, besides she’s probably sick of cake. I decided to make what I make best and that is bread.
This is what I made, it’s a very basic recipe, no fancy ingredients or techniques required …
Pullman Fruit Bread
750g strong white bread flour (26.5oz)
460ml warm water (16.2oz)
3 teaspoons salt
4 tablespoons of milk powder
1.5 sachets of instant yeast (10-12g)
2 tablespoons sugar
150g dried mixed fruit (5.3oz)
1 tablespoon cinnamon
This is such an easy bread to make. Put all the ingredients in a bowl except the water and mix well.
Add the water in and using your dough hooks bring all the ingredients together into a soft dough.
Tip the dough onto a floured board and knead for a couple of minutes until it’s elastic.
Place the dough into a covered oiled bowl for around an hour to rest.
After an hour, knock out the air from the dough and shape it into your baking tin. I used a 13″ Pullman loaf tin without the lid.
Cover the tin and leave to rise, maybe an hour or a little more. Heck by pressing gently on the dough with a finger, if the indentation springs back gently then your dough is ready to bake.
Bake for 30/35 minutes in a preheated oven at 200C/390F.
Once baked brush some melted butter over the top of the bread for that nice, chewy, sticky finish.
Allow the loaf to cool fully before slicing.