One morning D came running into the kitchen, declaring a sudden urge to bake fruit bread. This was a first attempt, a modification off one of our usual bread recipes, and it was exciting to bake! I love fruit bread.
two cups of plain flour
1 tsp yeast
half a cup of warm (not hot) water
1 tsp sugar
half a cup of sultanas
half a tsp each of ground cloves, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg
Activate the yeast in the water, then add the sugar. Leave to do its work for ten minutes, then combine together with all of the ingredients. Knead well for ten minutes, then coat thinly in vegie oil, and leave to rise for an hour or two, covered, in a warmish spot.
After it has risen, knead another five or ten minutes, then move the dough into your bread-shaped baking tray. Leave the dough to rise again in the bread tin (about forty-five minutes). Bake for 40 minutes at 180C.