Baked: Cinammon Fruit Bread

Contributor post by Janis of Pinecone Camp

It's nice to be back at's been so long! I haven't baked for awhile either, so I thought I'd share a recipe with Poppytalk readers. This bread is so good, and pretty easy to make too. Perfect for an upcoming Easter brunch, and kids seem to love a mini anything ;)


Cinnamon Fruit Bread 
Makes 8 small loaves or 2 large loaves 
(small tins approximately 1.5"x2"x4")

3 cups all purpose flour
2 packets active dry yeast
3 tablespoons sugar
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup mixed dry fruit, chopped (I used apricots, Turkish figs, dates)
3/4 cup very warm milk
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
Juice of one orange

Place chopped fruit in a bowl with the orange juice. Allow to soak for about 20 minutes, then strain, reserving the juice.

In a small saucepan, warm milk but don't bring to a boil. Mix the yeast, warm milk and half the sugar in a small bowl. Allow to stand until foamy on top, about 10 minutes. 

Place the flour, remaining sugar, cinnamon, salt, and dried fruit in a large bowl and combine well. Make a well, in the centre of dry mix, and add the yeast mixture, egg, reserved orange juice and melted butter. Blend together with a wooden spoon until a dough forms. Remove from bowl, and knead dough, on a lightly floured surface, until smooth and elastic (about 5 minutes). 
Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl, and cover with a damp towel. Set aside, in a warm spot, for about 60-90 minutes, or until dough doubles in size. The time depends on how warm your room is. 

Remove dough from bowl, and knead again for a minute, then break into 8 equal pieces. Form dough into oval shapes in place in a lightly oiled bread tin. Cover with a clean, damp, towel and allow to rise for another 20 minutes. In the meantime, preheat oven to 350f/180c.

Place mini loaves on a large baking sheet, and bake for about 25 minutes or until golden brown and sounds a little hollow when tapped. Serve warm with a little orange butter (orange rind added to softened butter). Enjoy! 

If you give this recipe a try, I'd love to know what you think of it!

Janis, an interiors photographer has a lovely column on her blog called Baked filled with beautiful delicious recipes you must check out.  Visit her blog here and her Baked column here.

Jan Halvarson


quinncooper said...

Great little recipe. I was just in a bakery yesterday and my husband asked if I would be willing to make bread and I said it was too hard. So funny enough maybe I will after reading this recipe. Thanks!

Quinn Cooper Style

MERVE said...

wow !
good job :)
it looks delicious <3

Sherry Tejada said...

Those are adorable!!

Sherry Tejada

no matter said...

That looks yummy. I can almost smell it through my computer!

Anonymous said...

that looks delicious! Thanks for sharing how to make it(: I will definitely be trying it soon <3

sweet harvest moon said...

Sounds delicious!

Sarah said...

Sounds great! It is possible to bake the dough as one big bread or to bake the pieces without bread tins? Because I don't have these small tins...Thanks for your help!

Isavoyage said...

Nice recipe, i tried it yesterday and it worked out well. Thanks!

jessie said...

sounds sweet! will try it soon!

and i love those tiny bread tins :)