Fruited Yeast Bread

Makes 2 loaves, 12 slices each.

Slice this bread while it's still warm to serve with coffee or tea after dinner. You can also enjoy it toasted for breakfast with your favourite nut butter. Jeweled with dried fruit this bread can be enjoyed for a few days or frozen and warmed to serve later.


1/4 cup (50 mL) granulated sugar
1/4 cup (50 mL) hot water
2 tsp (10 mL) traditional active dry yeast
1/2 cup (125 mL) skim milk, warm
1 egg
3 tbsp (45 mL) soft non hydrogenated margarine, melted
1 tsp (5 mL) grated orange or lemon rind
2 1/4 cups (550 mL) whole wheat flour (approx)
1/2 cup (125 mL) wheat germ
1/4 cup (50 mL) each dried cranberries, apricots and golden raisins

Egg Wash:
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tbsp (15 mL) water


In large bowl, dissolve 2 tsp (10 mL) of the sugar into water. Sprinkle with yeast and let stand for 10 minutes or until frothy. Whisk in milk.

In a small bowl, whisk together egg and remaining sugar, margarine and orange rind. Whisk into milk mixture.

Add 2 cups (500 mL) of the flour and wheat germ to milk mixture stirring, adding enough of the remaining flour to make soft slightly sticky dough. Stir in cranberries, apricots and raisins. Scrape dough onto floured work surface and knead to make soft smooth dough. Place dough in oiled bowl. Cover and let rise in warm place for about 1 hour or until doubled in size. Punch down dough and divide into 2 logs. Roll out each to about 8 inches (20 cm) long and 2 inches (5 cm) wide and place on parchment paper lined baking sheet and let rise for about 1 hour or until doubled.

Egg wash: In small bowl, whisk together egg and water. Brush loaves with egg wash and bake in 350 F (180 C) oven for about 30 minutes or until golden brown and bottom sounds hollow when tapped. Let cool slightly before serving.

Nutrition Facts per serving:

2 g
0 g
16 g
21 mg
105 mg
14 g
2 g
3 g

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