Bannock

Bannock is a yeast-raised fruit loaf found throughout Scotland.

Ingredients

  • 60 g/ 2 oz butter, plus more to serve
  • 350 ml/ 12 fl oz milk
  • 550 g/ lb strong bread flour, plus more for dusting
  • 6 g/ ¼ oz easy-blend yeast
  • 60 g/ 2 oz caster sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 60 g/ 2 oz sultanas
  • 30g / 1 oz currants
  • 30 g/ 1 oz candied peel oil, for greasing

For the Glaze

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp sugar

Method

Put the butter in the milk and heat to hand warm. Pour into the bowl of a food mixer with a dough hook attached. Switch on at low speed and pour in the flour, yeast, sugar and salt. Work for 5 minutes, then add the sultanas, currants and candied peel, and continue to work for a further 5 minutes.

Remove to a floured surface and shape into a ball, then transfer to a large oiled bowl. Cling-wrap the top and leave to prove for 2 hours at room temperature.

Turn out, flour and knead, shaping into a round. Put on a baking tray, cover with a cloth and leave to rise again for 40 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/ gas 5. Make a glaze by mixing the egg yolk with the milk and sugar, and brush this on the bannock before baking for about 40 minutes.

Remove to a rack to allow to cool completely before slicing. In Scotland it is always served well buttered.

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