French New Year's bread

    2 hours 15 min

    In France this yeasted bread with dried fruit is offered to visitors who present their good wishes for the New Year. It's like a brioche with dried fruit.


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    Ingredients
    Serves: 12 

    • 1 egg
    • a pinch of salt
    • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
    • 250g plain flour
    • 1 tablespoon dried active yeast
    • 30g butter, melted
    • 200ml milk
    • For the filling
    • 8 dried figs, chopped
    • 5 dried apricots, chopped
    • 5 dried pitted prunes, chopped
    • 1 handful raisins
    • 12 almonds, sliced
    • 6 walnuts, chopped
    • 1 egg yolk, beaten (for brushing)

    Method
    Prep:1hr30min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:2hr15min 

    1. In a large bowl mix together egg, salt, sugar, melted butter and yeast. Add flour and knead until dough is formed. Cover bowl with a clean tea towel and let rise for 1 hour.
    2. Knead dough to remove any air and roll out with a rolling pin on a lightly floured work surface. Sprinkle with dried fruits and nuts and roll it up, then shape into a crescent, sealing the ends. Place on a baking try lined with greaseproof paper. Cover with a tea towel and let proof until at least doubled in size.
    3. Preheat oven to 200 C / Gas 6.
    4. Brush bread with egg yolk and bake till golden brown, about 45 minutes.

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