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Makes 1 loaf      Cold   Vegetarian   Dried Fruit  Bread  Baked Fayre  Ireland  Europe



1-1/2 teasp Dried Yeast

300ml/10fl.oz Warm Water

A pinch of Sugar

25g/1oz Butter

450g/1lb Strong White Flour

4 tbsp Caster Sugar

1/2 teasp Ground Ginger

Grated Nutmeg

175g/6oz Sultanas

175g/6oz Currants

50g/2oz Candied Peel, chopped



1. Place the warm water in a bowl and sprinkle over the yeast. Add the sugar and leave in a warm place for about 15 minutes until frothy.

2. In another large mixing bowl, rub the butter into the flour and stir in half the caster sugar, ginger, nutmeg, sultanas, currants and candied peel. Mix well.

3. Make a well in the centre of the mixture and add the yeast liquid, beating well until it binds together and forms a dough.

4. Turn onto a floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes until smooth and elastic.

5. Transfer to a clean bowl, cover with a tea towel and leave in a warm place for 1 hour until doubled in size.

6. Turn onto a floured surface and lightly knead then shape into a large round or oval. Place on a greased baking sheet, cover and leave again for about 30 minutes until doubled in size.

7. Preheat the oven to 230C, 450F, Gas Mark 8.

8. Bake the risen dough for 15 minutes then reduce the oven temperature to 200C, 400F, Gas mark 6 and continue to bake for a further 20 to 30 minutes until cooked. The bread should sound hollow when tapped on the underneath.

9. Place the remaining sugar in a small bowl and add 1 tablespoon of very hot water. Stir to dissolve the sugar then brush the surface of the bread with the sugar solution.

10. Return to the oven for 3-4 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.




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Key techniques required to make cake recipes

Bake - To cook in an enclosed oven

Beat To introduce air into a mixture using a utensil such as a wooden spoon, fork or whisk, in order to achieve a lighter texture.

Cream - 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.

Rub in -  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.

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