This month, our host for Fresh From The Oven is La Cuisine de Sarah. She set us a lovely task of making a breakfast fruit bread. Ordinarily I would get the challenge on the 1st of the month, and then have a good three weeks to think about the recipe I am going to do, and make it. This month, we were overseas until the 7th and on the 8th I checked the challenge, and knew that the weekend would be the first time I would have to pay any attention to baking. With all the paperwork and office work that needed my attention, the fact that it was mother’s day on the 13th totally slipped my mind. I finally realized this on the 11th and Friday afternoon is far too late to sort out something for my mom. She lives in Johannesburg and up until this year, my sister has always been in charge of shopping for presents. This year my sister is living in Sydney, and my mom spent her first mother’s day without either of her children. When I moved to Gordons Bay my mom gave me a photo frame with a saying: there are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One is roots; the other, wings – we have now flown the nest completely so to speak, and I can only hope it is with joy my mother watches us soar! I decided to make this breakfast bread to share with her virtually on mother’s day.
My first task on Saturday morning was to make candied peel but I decided to make Sally’s recipe, as she is my inspiration when it comes to Fresh From The Oven. I only used grapefruit peel as the recipe called for 2 teaspoons. I replaced the sugar with fructose, and used Canderel Yellow 0% for the dusting. I have a little left over which will get some use soon I am sure. Sally always comes up with an interesting twist for our challenges. I decided to make a fruit and nut bread as I much preferred the ingredients in my recipe book to the one for the fruit loaf. I would rather let the bread maker do the hard work, as it means I can spend time on other projects that need my attention in the kitchen.
what did you do for mother’s day this Sunday?
Fruit and Nut Bread
- 1 egg lightly beaten and enough milk to make up 200mls
- 90 mls apple juice
- 10 mls oil
- 6.25 mls salt
- 20 mls brown sugar – I used fructose
- 750 mls bread flour
- 2.5 mls bread improver
- Grated zest of 1 lemon
- 5 mls ground mixed spice
- 8.75 mls yeast
Add at the beeps or to the fruit and nut dispenser
- 40 mls raisins
- 10 mls mixed peel
- 10 mls dried cranberries
- 20 mls dried apples chopped
- 20 mls pecans chopped
- Add the ingredients listed above in the order they are listed up to and including the yeast, into your bread maker
- Add the balance of the ingredients into the fruit and nut dispenser or at the beeps as per your model of bread maker
- Select the sweet setting on your bread maker