About this recipe:Enjoy the smell of freshly baked bread from your own kitchen. This Italian Christmas bread is made in a bread machine and takes very little preparation time.
175ml warm water
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
445g bread flour
2 tablespoons caster sugar
2 tablespoons milk powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons dried active yeast
80g dried mixed fruit, chopped
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Method Prep:5min › Cook:3hr › Ready in:3hr5min
Place all of the ingredients except for the mixed fruit into the tin of your bread machine in order directed by manufacturer. Select Sweet or Basic/White bread cycle; use the Medium or Light crust colour. Do not use the delay cycles. Add the fruit 5 to 10 minutes before the last kneading cycle ends or when the raisin or nut signal starts.
This is GOOD. There are some problems though. Mine rose high like the one in the photo and this meant it stuck to the lid of the machine so no nice finish to it for me. It also isn't as sweet as the shop bought ones and there doesn't seem to be as much fruit. Having said that the texture is wonderful and toasting it the next day is divine! - 18 Dec 2011
A brilliant recipe. i have made this several times now for different people. all had good things to say about it. yes it does rise quite high, but if you have a problem with it sticking to the lid, try halving the recipe. it still works. - 28 Feb 2012