Fruit Bread and Fruit Toast

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Fruit Bread

My husband and son love a certain fruit toast you can buy from a ‘commercial’ coffee chain. Don’t get me wrong I’m not against them eating it but when it looks really good all I want is a bite. However, due to a small gluten allergy if I had even a small piece I would probably be sick in bed for a week.

Therefore I decided to start making my own with ingredients I know I can eat. The fruit toast makes a filling breakfast or a great go to snack for those mid morning or afternoon slumps. Fruit toast, for those of you that don’t know, is a sweet, spicy bread that is made with dried mixed fruit. It’s then toasted and served with butter and/or jam. Yum, yum!

We will only be eating this occasionally as the dried fruit can be very sugary. As a mother I’m trying to save my families teeth from decay. Although it’s only dried fruit it’s not so bad for the teeth but too much of anything is not good for us. Now I’ve invented this recipe I’m really pleased as I’m hoping it will lessen my coffee shop fruit toast envy. Well worth a try.

Makes 1 basic bread

Equipment needed

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Fruit Bread

  • Saucepan
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • Tablespoon
  • Board
  • Teaspoon
  • Bread tin
  • Baking tray
  • Small saucepan
  • Stirring spoon
  • Plastic brush

Ingredients for the basic loaf

  • Wholemeal spelt flour x 500g plus extra for kneeding
  • Oat milk x 300ml
  • Olive oil x 50ml plus extra for kneeding and the baking tray.
  • Honey x 1 tbsp
  • Yeast x 7g sachet
  • Cinnamon x 2 tsp
  • Ginger x 2 tsp
  • Nutmeg x 1/2 tsp
  • Cloves x 1/2 tsp
  • Vanilla powder x 1/4 tsp
  • Dried mixed fruit x 100g
  • Cranberries x 100g
  • Apricot x 100g
  • Dates x 100g
  • Salt to taste

 

Method for the basic loaf

  • Mix the flour and salt in the large bowl.
  • Heat the oil and milk on a low heat on the hob in the small saucepan.
  • Once the liquid mixture is at a tepid temperature, add in the yeast.
  • Next make a well in the centre of the flour and salt.
  • Add a small amount of the oil, milk and yeast mixture pushing the sides of the well as you go.
  • Continue to do this until a dough ball starts to form.
  • If the mixture is too dry, add a few more tablespoons of milk and if it’s too wet add a couple of tablespoons of flour.
  • Now flour a board with the extra spelt flour.
  • Once a dough ball has formed that is not too sticky, remove the ball from the bowl and put it onto the floured board.
  • Kneed the dough using the heal of your hand to stretch it and then fold it back on itself.
  • Spread the dried mixed fruit, cranberries, apricots and dates then continue to knead the dough.
  • Repeat this process for 5 minutes.
  • Place it in a lightly oiled bowl to prove.
  • Leave to prove for 1 hour or until it has doubled in size in a warm place like the airing cupboard or laundry.
  • After an hour, oil a board and kneed the dough again repeating the same process as above.
  • Shape the dough by rolling it with your hands into a baguette.
  • Oil the baking tray, place the baguette on it, cover in cling film, then put back into the airing cupboard for another hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 200˚C/fan 180˚C/gas 7 and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  • Remove the baguette from the airing cupboard, remove the cling film and put in the oven.
  • Bake until golden brown and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped underneath.
  • Cool on a wire rack.
  • Then serve and enjoy.
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Fruit toast with butter and jam

Ingredients for fruit toast

  • Fruit bread x 1 loaf
  • Butter or margarine
  • Jam

Method for making the fruit toast

  • Turn the grill onto a high temperature.
  • When the fruit bread has cooled slice it.
  • Put the amount of slices needed on the baking tray.
  • Place the baking tray under the grill.
  • Wait for the fruit bread to turn a golden brown colour.
  • Then turn the slices over.
  • Once the toast is golden brown on both sides spread the butter or margarine and the jam.
  • Serve and enjoy.
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Fruit Toast with butter and jam

Fruit toast is delicious with a cup of tea or coffee in the morning. All the ingredients in the fruit toast are freezable. So the loaf could be cut into slices and frozen for another occasion. We have had this bread on several occasions and both my husband and son have enjoyed eating it for their breakfast. So it’s great at feeding the whole family. However you decide to eat this fruit toast, as always, enjoy.

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