Yields: 8 Servings Difficulty: Easy Prep Time: 2 Hr 40 Mins Cook Time: 1 Hr 10 Mins Total Time: 3 Hr 50 Mins
This festive bread can be made ahead and frozen and makes a lovely treat for breakfast on Christmas morning.
- Sift the flour, salt and mixed spice into a bowl and rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the yeast, sugar, dried fruit, mixed peel and orange zest, then add the egg and the warm milk and bring together to form a soft dough.
- Knead the dough briefly on a floured work surface. Flour a clean bowl and add the dough. Cover the bowl and leave to rise in a warm place for 2 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C Fan/Gas Mark 4 and oil a 900g loaf tin. Knead the dough again briefly then pace it in the tin, cover and leave to prove for 20 minutes. Use a little egg wash to brush the loaf, and sprinkle with a little caster sugar and ground cinnamon.
- Bake in the oven for 1 hour 10 minutes, the loaf should be golden and well risen. Leave to cool in the tin. Enjoy!