Spiced Fruit Loaf
November 30, 2017
Like many other people, I’m working on reducing my sugar intake. And like many other people, I still get cravings for something sweet and toothsome! I’ve found that a compromise is Gluten Free Goodies Company bread mix used to make a spiced fruit loaf, which can then be toasted and enjoyed with a cup of tea and a book.
The spiced fruit loaf option can be found in the recipe book available through the website, but I think it works really well in the vegan version, so here is the modified recipe. (I must confess I destroy the vegan aspect by buttering my toast, but you could of course use a dairy-free spread instead - the loaf itself is completely dairy free).
1In a large bowl, combine the bread mix, dried yeast, sugar and mixed spice
2In a small bowl, mix together flaxseeds, water, oil and vinegar
3Have ready 1 cup of mixed dried fruit which creates a taste that reminds me of hot cross buns, but anything you like is fine – just stick to 1 cup in total.
4Mix the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients, leaving out the mixed fruit at this stage.
5Place in your bread maker pan and select the equivalent of a sweet bread programme – I have a Panasonic bread maker and use the “Basic Raisin Bread” setting. Most bread makers suggest adding the fruit after an initial incubation period, so follow the instructions for your machine.
6When the bread is done, remove from the bread maker immediately, wrap in a clean tea towel and leave to cool. It’s delicious fresh, but possibly even nicer toasted. I slice and freeze mine and then just toast it from frozen when I feel a craving coming on.