Fruit Loaf with Apple

It’s your regular bread loaf studded with fruit and brimming with flavour. 

500g plain flour

1½ tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon mixed spice

Grated rind 1 lemon

4 teaspoons dried yeast

1 egg, lightly beaten

60g butter, softened

1¼ cups warm milk or water, approximately

1¼ cups sultanas or similar

2 apples, peeled, cored and diced or sliced thinly

Mix together the flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon, mixed spice, lemon rind and yeast, then make a well in the centre and pour into the egg, butter 1 cup of the milk or water and mix to a soft dough, mixing in the extra ¼ cup liquid only if necessary.   Mix well with a metal spoon until well combined.  Cover bowl with a tea towel and allow to rise until doubled (about 1 hour).

Turn out onto a floured surface, sprinkle with flour and press out into a large rectangle.  Sprinkle with half the sultanas and apple and fold over to enclose in the dough.  Press out again and sprinkle over the remaining fruit and apple.  Again fold the dough around the fruit and knead until well combined (this should only take a minute or two, don’t knead too much or the fruit will start to break up).

Form into a loaf shape and place in a large greased bread tin and allow to rise to the top of the tin.

Bake at 200 degrees C for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 160 degrees and cook for 30 minutes more.

Turn out onto a wire rack to cool.