Fruit bread has been a childhood favourite of mine! I just loved the splash of colours that these colourful little tutti-fruity bits gave to the soft bread slices. These were a regular at our home and I fondly remember munching on these yummies as an after school snack. This bread is usually a tab sweeter than the regular bread, due to the addition of tutti-fruity. They make perfect tea-time accompaniments :)
Ever since I started baking bread at home, I have been itching to make my version of my childhood favourite bread. Recently, I picked up a little packet of the colourful tutti fruity bits and recreated my own little loaf at home using my favourite bread recipe. This time however, I used all purpose flour and did not mix in wholewheat flour as well as I wanted soft white bread and was gifting this to my cousin sis whom I was visiting over that weekend.
It turned out beautiful and just as I had expected it to. I had shaped my bread such that the slices can be easily pulled out rather than sliced... just to add in some fun there :) And Oh, my sis and her family did love it :) A lovely bread for home as well as for gifting!
Makes : 1 medium sized loaf
Serves : 3-4
Prep Time & Waiting Time (for dough to rise) : 1 hour
Cooking Time : 20 mins
Plain Flour/Maida - 2 and 1/2 cupWarm Milk - 1 cup
Instant Yeast - 1/2 tbspTutti-fruity - 1 cup
Sugar - 1/2 tbsp
Olive Oil - 1/2 tbsp
- I followed this procedure [How to make yeast dough?] to prepare the yeast dough with the addition of adding in tutti-fruity while making the dough. For this bread I used all purpose flour instead of wholewheat.
- After an hour the dough would have doubled.
- Preheat the oven to 170 degrees.
- Dust the work floor with a bit of flour and toss the dough ball on it.
- Knead for a minute and then roll into a log shape.
- Place the dough log on a greases baking tray.
- Gently flatten it a little and using a knife, make horizontal dents on the top with a gap of about an inch.
- Allow the dough to rise for another half hour or so.
- Smear with a little oil and bake at 170 degrees for about 10 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
- Take it out of the oven and smear a little milk on the top to make the crust soft and place on wire rack to cool.
- Enjoy it warm :) If eating it later, mildly heating in the microwave before eating would make it soft.