Bara brith

Makes 1 loaf
450g strong bread flour
1 tsp mixed spice
50g butter
½ tsp salt
125g light muscovado sugar
300g mixed dried fruit
finely grated zest and juice of 1 orange
1 sachet fast-action dried yeast
1 free range egg

Sift the flour and mixed spice into a large mixing bowl. Rub in the butter. Stir in the salt, dried fruit, orange zest and yeast. Make a well in the centre of the dried ingredients and pour in the orange juice.
Beat the egg and milk together and pour into the centre of the dry ingredients. Mix to form a soft dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Place in an oiled bowl and cover loosely. Leave in a warm place until doubled in size.
Grease a 900g loaf tin. Turn the dough out on to a floured surface and gently knead. Shape into a log the same length as the tin. Place in the tin, loosely cover and leave for a further 30-40 mins. Bake in a pre-heated oven 200C/gas mark 6 for 40 mins until golden.
Turn out the loaf and tap the bottom. It will sound hollow when cooked. Return to the oven for a few more minutes if required. Cool on a wire rack. Serve sliced and spread with butter.

Other mixed fruit recipes in our Jan/Feb 2014 issue:

• Dundee cake
• Welsh cakes
• Eccles cakes
• Chelsea buns
• Yorkshire curd tart

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