To make this dried fruit loaf you can use any dried fruit that you enjoy. Personally I always go for apples. But when I make it again I will use figs. Try it with dates or prunes to add some lovely dark colours.
When I was 16, like all other South Africans, I was entitled to get an Identity Document. At this time I had to decide on my signature, which would have to stay as is at least until I had written my final year exams. At the same time I was issued with a passport, and into that went my signature. For some reason I decided to go with my full name, including my middle name initial. Why on earth I chose something 13 letters long is beyond me? Especially when I had to sign it over and over again on travellers’ cheques. I did not change my signature until credit card machines were invented. My very long signature did not fit on the small slip of paper. And so in my twenties I changed it to be my first name with my last two initials.
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Luckily for me I did not have to alter my signature when Dave and I got married as his surname also started with an ‘S’. For the past 20 years I have signed the exact same signature. Until this past week I have never faltered. But then I got some important documents to sign and I messed up. Thankfully I had a duplicate but I could not believe how I had made such a mess. Then I went to the bank and signed incorrectly. Everything happens in threes and it took my signature on a document where it was clearly stated I should not sign to end the run. Something I would not have minded happening in threes was this dried fruit loaf. Don’t be shy to change the dried fruit you use if you make this.
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- 300g bread flour, plus extra for dusting
- 100g rye flour
- 100g wholemeal flour
- 10g fine salt
- 10g instant yeast
- 30g butter, softened
- 30g honey
- 270mls water, divided
- Canola oil for kneading
- 100g seedless raisins
- 180g dried fruit, chopped
- Place the flours into a bowl and add the salt on one side and the yeast on the other side
- Add the butter, honey and 240mls water and use your fingers to start forming a dough
- You might need to add the rest of the water if necessary, but do so a little at a time until you get a nice soft dough and all the flour has been incorporated
- Spread a little bit of canola oil onto your worktop and tip your dough out of the bowl onto the oil
- Knead for at least 5 minutes, and until the dough has formed a smooth, soft skin
- Lightly oil the bowl and place your dough into it and cover
- Leave to prove until doubled in size
- Lightly dust your worktop with flour and tip the dough out
- Add the raisins and dried fruit and knead them in until the fruit stops dropping out
- Place the dough back into the bowl, cover and leave to prove for an hour
- Lightly dust your worktop with flour and gently tip the dough out
- Gently fold it inwards to knock it back and when the dough is smooth, shape it into an oval and place onto a lined baking tray
- Cover with lightly oiled cling film and leave to prove until the dough has doubled in size
- Preheat the oven to 210° Celsius
- Dust the exposed surface with flour and gently push in any exposed fruit
- Cut a deep slash along the length of the loaf and bake for 35 minutes
- Leave to cool on a wire rack before slicing
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Dave and I are overseas in the United Kingdom. We will be back at work on the 23rd of October. I will start replying to comments then. I won’t be able to read any blogs while we are away so please forgive my lack of visiting back. You can follow our trip by taking a look at our holiday blog.
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