Superfruit cinnamon loaf
Just over a year ago I took the Tree Aid Tree food challenge, and created a recipe using several ingredients harvested from trees – Superfood, superfruit, supertasty flapjacks. That’s not hyperbole, they really are good! They involve mango, cashew nuts, honey and baobab, and they disappeared pretty quickly after they were made 🙂
A little while ago I was offered some of PandaVita’s new organic baobab fruit powder to try, and this time I thought it might be nice if I could find a way to include baobab into something we could enjoy everyday. I have an old breadmachine recipe for a cinnamon fruit loaf that I enjoy making, and so I have included baobab powder in that to give it super powers!
I have never been the biggest fan of dried fruit, and historically I have always used raisins for this, rather than dried mixed fruit, but I am getting better! The reason I like it is because, when toasted, it tastes exactly like toasted tea cakes. But, as we have discovered, it is a nice loaf for general use, even accompanying a Ploughman’s lunch or some nice homemade soup.
1 cup + 1 fl oz water
2 tbsp oil
3 cups strong white bread flour
2 1/4 tbsp milk powder
2 1/4 tbsp sugar
1 1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 1/4 tsp yeast
1 cup dried mixed fruit
1 tbsp boabab powder
In my breadmachine, the ingredients go in in the order shown above, and I usually put the dried yeast into a dent in the top of the mound of flour. This recipe came in the leaflet that goes with a breadmachine I no longer have (and I don’t think I have the leaflet, either) and at some point I need to scale it up to make a larger loaf. I use the 500g setting in the new breadmachine for this, but it has a 900g capacity, and the only problem with this loaf is not making enough of it!
And, since I made this, I’ve taken to including a tbsp of baobab powder in all my loaves, even the plain ones. My observations suggest it may help develop a better crust….