12 Cold Vegetarian Dried Fruit Bread
teasp Bicarbonate of Soda
teasp Mixed Spice
Dates, stoned and chopped
Pour the milk into a bowl, stir in the honey and then sprinkle in the yeast. Leave the yeast in a warm place until it is
Put the flour into a mixing bowl together with the bicarbonate of soda, mixed spice then salt and rub in the butter. Add the
dates and raisins and distribute well.
Make a well in the centre and pour in the yeast mixture and the eggs. Mix to a dough then turn it on to a floured board and
knead until it is smooth. Return the dough
to the bowl, cover it with a clean cloth, and leave in a warm place for about 30 minutes, or until it has doubled in size.
Knead the dough again and divide it into twelve round buns. Place them on a floured baking sheet, cover them again with the
tea towel and leave them in a warm
place for 20 minutes or until they have almost doubled in size.
Preheat the oven to 200C, 400F, Gas mark 6.
Bake the buns for 15-20 minutes or until they are brown and sound hollow.
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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.