- 2 teaspoons dried active baking yeast
- 175ml (6 fl oz) warm milk (45 C)
- 1 large egg
- 75g (3 oz) caster sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 75g (3 oz) unsalted butter, softened
- 350g (12 oz) bread flour
- 50g (2 oz) currants
- 50g (2 oz) sultanas
- 50g (2 oz) red glace cherries, quartered
- 175g (6 oz) diced mixed citrus peel
- 200g (7 oz) marzipan
- 1 heaped teaspoon icing sugar
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- toasted flaked almonds for sprinkling on top
Prep:2hr › Cook:40min › Ready in:2hr40min
- In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm milk. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
- In a large bowl, combine the yeast mixture with the egg, caster sugar, salt, butter, and 3/4 of the bread flour; beat well. Add the remaining flour, a little at a time, stirring well after each addition.
- When the dough has begun to pull together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead in the currants, sultanas, dried cherries and mixed peel. Continue kneading until smooth, about 8 minutes.
- Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl, and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
- Lightly grease a baking tray. Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll the marzipan into a rope and place it in the centre of the dough. Fold the dough over to cover it; pinch the seams together to seal.
- Place the loaf, seam side down, on the prepared baking tray. Cover with a clean, damp tea-towel and let rise until doubled in volume, about 40 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 150 C / Gas mark 2 and bake for a further 30 to 40 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Allow loaf to cool on a wire cooling rack. Dust the cooled loaf with icing sugar, sprinkle with cinnamon and finish with toasted flaked almonds.
i found it needed a little more flour too, and not liking a lot of peel i only used 2oz (and used flaked almonds and more currants, raisins to make up the 4oz) use a good moist marzipan, it is very very good, will not be buying it from the shops again as this is better, - 23 Nov 2011
made this today! have to say it could have done with a little less liquid as mixture turned out quite runny. topped up with flour turned out scrummy!!! - 20 Dec 2010
I made this at the weekend and it was brilliant. I will definitely make more before Christmas. Thank you for the recipe. - 27 Nov 2008