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Raisin Bread

Category: food

  • Serves: 6
  • Time needed: 1 hour and 40 mins
  • Difficulty Medium


  • 2 tsp bread improver
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 2 tsp dried yeast
  • 2 tbs sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbs pumpkin seed kernels
  • 55g brown sugar
  • 225g plain flour
  • 250ml warm water
  • 1 cup wholemeal flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 50g mixed peel
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbs milk
  • Optional:
  • Serve with cream cheese or butter


  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 220°C. Then add yeast, water and 1 tbs of sugar to a small jug and set aside for 5 minutes or until frothy.

  • Step 2

    Pour the salt, mixed spice, bread improver, plain flour, wholemeal flour and the remaining sugar into a large bowl and combine well. Make a well in the centre of the bowl, pour in your liquid mixture and mix well.

  • Step 3

    Transfer onto a lightly floured surface and knead for roughly 15 minutes or until the dough is elastic and smooth.

  • Step 4

    Transfer the dough to a large bowl, loosely cover with cling wrap and set aside in a warm place for 1 hour or until the dough doubles in size.

  • Step 5

    Gently punch the dough down with your fist, transfer to a lightly floured surface and sprinkle the raisins and mixed peel on top. Knead the dough for roughly 5 minutes or until the fruit is well distributed throughout the dough.

  • Step 6

    Lightly grease a 10x20cm loaf pan with melted butter and sprinkle the base and sides of the pan with half of the sunflower and pumpkin seeds.

  • Step 7

    Shape the dough into a log and transfer into the prepared pan. Loosely cover with cling wrap and set aside in a warm place for around 30 minutes or until the dough doubles in size.

  • Step 8

    Add the milk and the egg yolk into a small bowl, combine and then coat the dough with the mixture using a brush. Sprinkle the remaining seeds on top of the dough and then bake in the preheated oven for roughly 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, reduce the temperature to 180°C and bake for a further 25 minutes.

  • Step 9

    Transfer to a wire rack, allow to cool and serve with a spread of cream cheese or butter.

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