May 1, 2010

Tropical Fruits Wheat Bread

This is a good bread, although the combination of flavors might sound odd.

Tropical Fruits Wheat Bread

1 1/3 cups water
2 tsp. yeast
1 1/2 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 cup nonfat dry milk
1 1/3 cups wheat flour
2 2/3 cups bread flour
3/4 cup chopped dried papaya, mango and/or pineapple
3/4 cup slivered/sliced almonds

Heat water until warm, between 105ºF and 115ºF. Pour into warmed mixing bowl, and add yeast. Let stand 5 minutes. Add butter, salt, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, dry milk, wheat flour and half the bread flour. Beat well. Cover and let stand 15 minutes.

Slowly add remaining bread flour. Mix until dough forms. Knead on medium speed until dough is smooth and springy but soft to the touch. Gently knead in dried fruit and almonds. Cover and let rise one hour.

Punch down dough, and divide into 2 to 3 loaves. Shape into round loaves and place on lightly greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Bake 35 to 45 minutes until loaves are golden. Cool on wire rack.

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