Apricot and Almond Wholemeal Loaf

On the first day of our Australian spring, it’s time to soak up the warm sun, so I’m looking for a bake that takes hours all by itself, while I am outside planting the first spring vegetable seeds into punnets.

Do you have a bread oven at home, languishing in the cupboard, hardly ever used? This recipe will have you dusting it off and reaching for the bread mix!

Filled with the goodness of dried apricots, organic sultanas – and slivered almonds, this apricot and almond wholemeal loaf is ideal for a mid morning low GI pick-me-up, or a hiker’s mid-afternoon backpack snack.

Apricot and Almond Wholemeal Loaf served with butter

For those of us watching cholesterol intake, make sure you top your slice with a 50% less fat dairy spread, or just some local honey instead.

Apricot and Almond Wholemeal Loaf

Apricot and Almond Wholemeal Loaf

Recipe by Lisa Romano
5 from 2 votes

Filled with the goodness of dried apricots, organic sultanas – and slivered almonds, this apricot and almond wholemeal loaf is ideal for a mid morning low GI pick-me-up, or a hiker’s mid-afternoon backpack snack.

Course: DessertDifficulty: Medium
Servings

8

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

40

minutes
Calories

187

kcal

Ingredients

  • 175 ml 175 tepid water

  • 200 g 200 wholemeal bread mix

  • 100 g 100 “00” plain flour

  • 1 tsp 1 dried yeast

  • 125 g 125 sliced dried apricots

  • 40 g 40 organic sultanas

  • 35 g 35 slivered almonds

  • 1 tbsp 1 coconut milk powder, or substitute milk powder

  • 1 tbsp 1 raw caster sugar

  • 1/4 tsp 1/4 cinnamon

  • 1/4 tsp 1/4 nutmeg

Directions

  • Measure ingredients, pour water into bread machine, then add flour mix, milk powder, raw sugar and finally yeast. Yeast must not touch the water.
  • Set machine to sweet, small loaf, medium crust.
  • Start machine kneading. Halfway through second knead, add dried fruit, spices and almonds, taking care not to spill them into the cavity below the baking tin.
  • Do not turn off the oven, simply open the lid when the machine prompts you – usually a series of beeps – and carefully add the ingredients.
  • Your bread oven will continue to knead, rise and bake the loaf.
  • When finished, using oven mitts (tin and handle are very hot), turn out the loaf onto a wire rack to cool.
  • Ensure the kneading blade has not come away into the loaf. With a serrated bread knife, slice into 8mm thick slices and top generously with your choice of spread.
  • Serve with a cup of your favourite hot beverage: I do recommend tea.

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