Another weekend goes by where I’ve not baked. Ok, that’s not quite true. Last weekend I did make a batch of muffins, but hardly anything to shout from the rooftops.
So far no baking this weekend either, and I can’t imagine there will be. It’s close to dinner time and tomorrow I’m out at Lindy’s taking a handpainting class with Amber from Wildberry Cakes. That’s handpainting on fondant. So while I’m not making a cake to practice some new technique, I will be doing something within the “cake decorating” realm. I hope I don’t suck at it completely. It’s been some years since I did anything remotely artistic with drawing. And even then (despite having won a prize) it was as a child and I can’t imagine it was really very good.
Anyhow, I do have a recipe to share, something I made a couple of weekends ago, something that I’d spied several months ago and was itching to make if I could convince Mr Fussy it would be alright, and he wouldn’t die from trying.
I did convince Mr Fussy, but had to concede a few ingredients to make it palatable for him. I upped the amount of dried fruit and skipped the almonds. Instead I added some apricots (the start with A, so it’s a fair replacement – right?) and more fruit, up to one cup max.
Although the recipe didn’t say you could leave the dough overnight in the fridge, that’s just what I did. I went to the original source of the recipe and King Arthur Flour where it was explained you can leave the dough in the fridge for many days before using.
Talk about another easy yeast bread to make. I added everything together in the same bowl. Once it was mixed I did a few stretch and folds of the dough before covering the bowl with Gladwrap, leaving it in the fridge until I was ready the next day.
I made a few mistakes in preparing it for baking. I didn’t have it out as long it should have been to rest and I forgot to cut the slashes into the top.
I used half of the dough for our lunch and the remaining half the following day for lunch. Yes, both times I forgot the slashes.
The bread was really lovely. Despite not having any spices in it, it had a surprising spicy flavour to it. It reminded me of hot cross buns. It was a bit baffling I have to confess, since I new there were no spices in the ingredients. I can only put it down to using the Jumbo Raisins (I’ve found them at Pak ‘n Save and New World supermarkets). There seems to be 3 varieties in the raisins and eating them raw, each has a unique flavour.
My MIL really liked the bread and Mr Fussy also didn’t mind it. I think I might even get away with making it again!