Recipe: Bread Machine Spiced Fruit Loaf

I feel a bit cheaty doing a post about a bread machine loaf, given that it’s rather more a programming thing, in my book, than proper baking. That said, it does make a lovely fruit loaf, which I feel should be more widely appreciated and it takes all of five minutes to set up. Also, people keep coming here because of my other post on Apple and Ginger Cake in a bread machine, so here’s another one.

If it survives longer than a day, you get to toast it and have with butter.

If it survives longer than a day, you get to toast it and have with butter.

I’ve always liked currant buns and teacake-type things but fell in love with proper fruit loaf when I lived in Germany as a child. Every now and again I’d get given some money and then my sisters and I would wander off through town to the local bakery and pick up a loaf of fresh raisin bread to bring home. Rosinenbrot is light and fluffy and just gorgeous. I don’t think we ever even put anything on it – you’d just eat a slice as it came and it was delicious. Here’s a recipe I might try to create a more authentic version, although the bread machine one isn’t at all bad.

On the days when the baker had sold out of raisin bread, we might get a loaf of Zitronenbrot, a similar loaf made with candied lemon peel. Here’s a recipe, although we didn’t ever have one with sliced lemon on the top, it was the usual glaze.

Back in the present, pretty much my entire food cupboard was taken up with dried fruit, assorted types of sugar and enough flour to bake several cakes, after my daughter baked Christmas cakes and left me with all the leftover ingredients. I therefore had everything I needed for this recipe already, including dried mixed fruit: combining the best things about my two favourite German fruit breads. Excellent stuff.

The Panasonic recipe (together with a video, should you feel you need one) is here. If you don’t have a Panasonic, you should be able to tweak this for your bread machine by changing the ingredient order to the one yours uses, making sure that the total amount of ingredients isn’t going to produce a loaf which is too big for your pan. I have the SD-255 model and think it’s brilliant. Having had a rubbish Morphy Richards before that which made overly sweet, nasty loaves, shaped like Nissan Micras, I appreciate that not all bread makers are created equal. I’d buy another one of these in a heartbeat, if I needed to.

A good bake? I think so. Nice fruit distribution.

A good bake? I think so. Nice fruit distribution.

The first time I made this, I forgot that my machine beeps to tell me when I need to add things like raisins, so I just added them in on top of everything else. It didn’t appear to cause any ill effects and the fruit was fairly evenly distributed throughout the loaf, which is what you want. When I made it today I remembered and waited for the beep. I’m not sure that it made a huge difference, although possibly the fruit is better distributed on this one.

It occurred to me that I had no idea when the beep was actually going to sound, and that I was effectively being held hostage by a bread maker. Never one to sit idly by when the machines rise up against us, I found out that if you push the timer button (for delayed-start loaves, a setting you can’t use with this recipe) it briefly flashes up the number of minutes remaining before you can throw in the fruit and get on with your life. (FYI, it’s 47 minutes in on this one and later if you do the wholemeal one, apparently.)

The only note I would add about the recipe is that I added 1 teaspoon of ground ginger, and quickly beat the eggs with a fork to combine the yolks and whites before adding them to the bread pan. You can up the spice a bit, if you like. I think it’s better for it. Other than that, it’s go away and do other things until it shouts at you four hours later to say it’s ready. It immediately turned out of the tin, cleanly as always, and looked like this.

Spiced fruit loaf, looking tasty and smelling gorgeous.

Spiced fruit loaf, looking tasty and smelling gorgeous.

You then need to allow it to cool at least to the point where you can slice it. I mean, you probably could just start eating your way in from one end, but it’s really filling, so you might regret that one.

Once you’ve sliced it, you should see a light loaf, similar in texture to a bread machine brioche, although not quite as eggy or sweet. It doesn’t dry out too much, should you try and make it last more than a day, and ends up, even after a few days still being perfectly acceptable when toasted. I’ve thought a couple of times that a couple of slices of that, buttered then combined with some eggs, milk and sugar would produce a nice bread and butter pudding, without the need to add extra fruit, necessarily. It has never lasted that long, though, or at least it doesn’t last long when my family all fall upon it.

Definitely one to try. I’ve also just found there’s a wholemeal version, so will try that too and see if that makes a decent alternative.

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3 Responses to Recipe: Bread Machine Spiced Fruit Loaf

  1. Lanny says:

    I’m a fruit bread lover but I’m not quite happy with the bread that’s sold in the grocery stores. Not only they don’t taste good, but I read that a lot preservatives and additives are used to make those bread. I’m now looking for a good bread machine to buy. It seems that your experience with the Panasonic bread machine has been good.

    I’m actually considering between the Panasonic SD-YD250 and the Breville. Do you have recommendation or advice on what I should consider in choosing between the two?

    • SAM2.0 says:

      Having gone through a Morphy Richards & other model, I’d say Panasonic’s the best one out there at the moment. The model you suggest would probably do a good job but if you take a look at the SD-2501 Panasonic you’d find it’s probably going to give a better end result.

      The older models can give an uneven rise (imagine a loaf shaped like a VW Beetle) and the 2501 is fab – also has the dispenser for adding raisins etc.. That means you can make the raisin (or nut) loaf on a timer setting.

      The alternative (SD-2500) is the same, and cheaper, but without the dispenser. It beeps when you have to add raisins etc. and won’t run that recipe on a timer. Here are a couple of links to check them out: SD-2500: http://tinyurl.com/pcfnd4a & SD-2501: http://tinyurl.com/q589qdf

      I honestly don’t know about whether the Breville’s any good, but have found their stuff to be generally robust and it lasts well.

      I hope that helps – let me know how you get on, or happy to help with any other queries about it. 🙂

  2. Simran says:

    I tried this recipe in my Panasonic bread maker, it turns out great. Tastes like hot crossed bun bread. Delicious. Thanks for sharing.

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