Rich Fruit Bread

This recipe makes 1 loaf
Melted butter or margarine1/4 cup
Milk1+3/4 cups
Sugar1/4 cup
Active Dry Yeast2+1/4 tsp
Salt1 tsp
Bread Flour4 cups
Cinnamon1 tsp
Mixed candied fruit2/3 cup
Currants1/4 cup
Raisins1/4 cup

1. In a saucepan over medium heat melt the butter or margarine. Add the milk and heat just until 110°-115°F


2. In a large bowl add the milk mixture, sugar, salt and Yeast. Beat with a wire whisk until smooth. Add 2 cups of flour, cinnamon, candied fruit, currants and raisins. Again beat until smooth. Sprinkle one more cup of flour over top, work in with a wooden spoon until all absorbed.


3. Gradually add the last cup of flour by hand, pressing flour into dough and turning dough over, until all worked in. Place dough in lightly oiled bowl and turn to grease top. Cover; let rise until dough tests ripe.


4. Punch dough down and place on a floured surface. With fingers press out to a square about 1-inch thick. Cut in half.


5. Oil two loaf pans 9 X 5 X 2-inch. Roll up one half of dough and pinch seams together. Do the same with the second half. Place seam side down in loaf pans. Cover and let rise until indentation remains after touching.


6. Preheat oven and bake at 375°F for 25 - 30 minutes. Remove from pans and cool on racks.


7. If desired, while bread is still warm make a glaze of 1/2 cup icing sugar mixed with 1 TBSP milk. Drizzle over tops.



*You can substitute Instant (fast-rising) yeast in place of Active Dry Yeast. When using Instant Yeast, expect your dough to rise faster. Always let your dough rise until ripe. Traditional methods: use equal amounts; Bread Machine: use 1/2 tsp Instant Yeast OR 3/4 tsp Active Dry Yeast per cup of flour in your recipe. Visit our Lessons in Yeast & Baking for more information.