Makes 2 x 450g/1lb loaves
Cold Vegetarian Nuts Fruit Bread Baked Fayre
tbsp Black Treacle
Stoned Dates, chopped
Cream the yeast with 4 tablespoons of the water. Boil the remaining water in a pan then add the treacle and butter, stirring
to melt. Cool until lukewarm.
Place the flour and salt in a warmed mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre and pour in the treacle mixture, yeast liquid,
dates and walnuts. With a wooden spoon,
mix the ingredients together and beat to form a smooth, soft dough. Continue to beat for 3-4 minutes. Cover with a
damp cloth and leave to rise in a warm
place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
Turn onto a well floured board and knead for 4 minutes. Divide in half, form each piece into a loaf shape and place in
greased 1lb. loaf tins. Put the tins in an oiled
polythene (plastic) bag and leave to rise in a warm place for 20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 220C, 425F, gas mark 7.
Remove from the bag then bake for 35-40 minutes. Turn onto a wire tray to cool.
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introduce air into a mixture using a utensil such as a wooden spoon, fork or
whisk, in order to achieve a lighter texture.
- to - The process where sugar and softened butter are beaten together
with a wooden spoon, until the mixture is light, pale and well blended. This
process may also be carried out with a hand held mixer or in a food processor.
- The incorporation of fat into flour.Butter is cubed then gently rubbed between the thumb and
forefinger, lifting the mixing at the same time, until the fat is fully
incorporated and the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.