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Fruit and Spice Loaf

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Hello Dear Reader,

I have been making this Fruit and Spice Loaf for a while now and I keep tweeking the ingredients, a little sweeter, a little lighter, more Sultanas, more Cinnamon and less fiddling. Each time it has improved and I think, I am, at last, happy with the results. As you know I use my Thermomix for making Bread and it does a superb job of this sweet bread. This recipe makes two loaves and I usually make one in a Bread tin and one freeform. It is also wonderful as a "Hot Cross Bun" recipe for Easter, plus or minus the crosses.

Ingredients for Sultana and Cinnamon Bread 
(whoops, I forgot to put the Cinnamon in the photo) 

Add 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon instant yeast, 380 grams milk and 75 grams sugar to the Thermomix bowl, mix on speed 2 for 2 minutes 

Leave for 20 minutes or until starting to bubble 

Now add 620 grams bread flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, 3 teaspoons Cinnamon, 60 grams melted butter and 1 egg 

Knead for 6 minutes, in the last 1 minute of kneading, add the Sultanas to around the top of the lid and then remove the MC. With the movement of the Thermomix the Sultanas will gently fall into the dough, dispersing evenly 

Fruit and Spice dough ready for proving 

Let dough prove for 40 to 60 minutes or until doubled in size. This process will take longer in a cool climate 

Turn dough out onto a floured surface 

Divide into 2 equal pieces 

Flatten dough into a rough rectangle and roll up, from the shorter end, into a log 

By rolling the dough up into a log it gives the bread a better "crumb"meaning it gives it a better texture 

Either put the dough into a Bread Tin or 

A freeform loaf 

Brush the tops with a little milk and let prove for a second time, again, until it has doubled in size 

Bake in a preheated oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown


1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon instant yeast
75 grams sugar
380 grams milk (warmed in the microwave for 30 seconds)
620 grams bread flour
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons Cinnamon
60 grams butter, melted
1 egg, at room temperature
250 grams Sultanas


To the Thermomix bowl, add yeast, sugar and warm milk
Mix for 2 minutes on speed 2
Let the mixture sit for about 20 minutes until starting to bubble
Add all other ingredients to the Thermomix bowl
Knead for 6 minutes 
In the last 1 minute, put sultanas on the Thermomix lid, now remove MC and let sultana's fall into the dough. The movement of the Thermomix will be enough to let sultanas gently fall into the dough ensuring even distribution
Turn dough out into a greased bowl, cover and let prove for 40 to 60 minutes until doubled in size
Now turn dough out onto a floured surface and divide into two even pieces
Working with one piece at a time, stretch and flatten into a rough rectangle and roll up into a log
Ensure that the "seam" is underneath and not showing. This will give you an even rise
Either put dough into a prepared Bread tin or just let it be freeform, brush with milk
Let it rise again until doubled, depending on the weather this can take up to 40 minutes or longer
Put into a preheated oven at 200 C and immediately turn heat down to 150 C
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown

The smell in your kitchen will be amazing and have all the family asking "when will the bread be ready to eat?"

Enjoy fresh or toasted with lashing of butter

So, tell me, what is your favourite bread recipe? Sweet or Savoury? 

1 comment

  1. That bread looks absolutely delicious. So satisfying to make my own bread - and the whole place smells so good when it's in the oven. I am over from Morag's blog and look forward to following yours.