Rich fruit bread

August 22, 2008

Ever since I have realized that it is easy to tame yeast with some tricks, bread baking has become a pleasurable trip for me so far. I have stopped meandering around the corner bread shop. I am glad that the bread basket is always filled with homemade‘s and my little one has got a hang of it. Here is an easy recipe with a slight twist made to a regular bread.

1 ½ cup whole wheat flour
1 ½ cup bread flour
1/3 cup wheat germ
1 cup chopped dried fruits (dates, raisins, cranberries, currants)
2 tablespoon sugar or more
2 teaspoon instant dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt
2 bananas mashed (optional)
1 teaspoon all spice or dry ginger powder
2/3 cup warm water (110 ‘f)

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and knead into soft dough. Grease a loaf tin and pour the dough in it. Cling wrap and set aside till it has doubled in size.
Preheat the oven at 200’C and bake for 10 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 180’C and bake for further 20 minutes.

Remove and let it cool down. Slice and serve.

Some tricks
– The temperature of the water should be 110’F warm.
– Knead the dough for at least 10 to 12 minutes.

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  • Reply sowmya August 22, 2008 at 7:08 am

    when i read the name “rich fruit loaf” in my blogroll, I was so impatient to come and see it..looks so beautiful..i will try it sometime..
    Btw I made your chocolate cake sometime was perfect..

  • Reply Nirmala August 22, 2008 at 7:08 am

    What a gorgeous loaf ! It looks lovelier than store bought ones! No wonder u’re little one is hooked to it!

  • Reply G.Pavani August 22, 2008 at 8:02 am

    hello,nice fruit loaf,as in my house every one likes bread,i will try this ,instead of buying from shop

  • Reply Jayashree August 22, 2008 at 8:02 am

    Awesome looking loaf….

  • Reply jayasree August 22, 2008 at 8:55 am

    Wonderful fruit loaf…. Lovely

  • Reply sunita August 22, 2008 at 8:56 am

    That is one beautiful loaf…and yes, home made ones are always the best 🙂

  • Reply Rachel August 23, 2008 at 12:15 am

    I So very agree on homemade bread being the best..

    S- You have a way with presenting your food..Just gorgeous!!!

  • Reply Cham August 23, 2008 at 12:15 am

    I love fruit loaf , it is gorgeous the loaf

  • Reply Madhavi August 23, 2008 at 12:15 am

    Love this fruit loaf, very nice recipe. Thanxx for sharing!!!

  • Reply bee August 23, 2008 at 12:15 am

    so beautiful. perfect for a picnic.

  • Reply FoodyGuru (Srimathi) August 23, 2008 at 12:15 am

    Hi, Your fruit bread looks great.Makes me want to try it out.

  • Reply Priti August 23, 2008 at 12:15 am

    Lovely looking the fruity touch..looks so yum…

  • Reply Lavi August 23, 2008 at 12:15 am

    Wow..Perfect Loaf..Thank u for sharing the TRICK part!!

  • Reply Divya August 23, 2008 at 12:15 am

    Yummy fruit loaf…very bakery-like experiments with yeast have been pretty bad..:-(

  • Reply notyet100 August 23, 2008 at 9:20 am

    omg,..i am droolin,..nice pics too,..hppy bloggin nd weekend,..hppy janmasthmi too,..:-)..ceeya soon,..

  • Reply Maya August 23, 2008 at 9:20 am

    That looks really divine and any-day better than store-bought. I am goin to try this soon..

  • Reply Priyanka August 23, 2008 at 9:20 am

    thats beautiful loaf of bread….once you get the hang of working with yeast, baking becomes a delight. loved your sticky date cake too.

  • Reply Uma August 24, 2008 at 8:13 am

    yummy fruit loaf! Looks so beautiful.

  • Reply delhibelle August 24, 2008 at 8:14 am

    Looks have truly tamed the yeast beast:)
    How delightful it must be to always have freshly made bread at home..your lil one is already a conossieur.

  • Reply Kitchen Flavours August 24, 2008 at 8:14 am

    Looks perfect.

  • Reply Vaishali August 24, 2008 at 8:14 am

    What a lovely-looking loaf. Absolutely delicious.

  • Reply ANJALI J. August 24, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    that looks too good.. feel like having it right now 🙂

  • Reply Kevin August 26, 2008 at 12:39 am

    That bread looks great with all of the dried fruits in it.

  • Reply Namratha August 26, 2008 at 12:39 am

    Gorgeous pics Pearl, love the look of it! Makes me want to try it right away, but to resist it for a little while more..have a lot more baking to do! 🙂

  • Reply Usha August 26, 2008 at 12:39 am

    Wow those look very delicious and tempting….:)

  • Reply Aparna August 26, 2008 at 12:39 am

    The texture of your fruit loaf looks very good. Nothing beats home made food, every single time.
    Btw, it’s my turn to apologise for being so late here (and everywhere else). 🙂

  • Reply Kumudha August 26, 2008 at 3:27 am

    Rich fruit loaf looks so yummy!

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