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Bun Loaf with Caramel Bits

This recipe is for the bread maker but you can mix and proof manually if you like.

Ingredients:

For the Bun Loaf:

  • 150ml boiling water
  • 50g butter
  • 75ml milk
  • 1 egg
  • 40g sugar
  • 500g strong white bread flour
  • 1 heaped teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • Finely grated zest of 1 orange
  • 75g Caramel Bits

For the Glaze:

  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon boiling water

Method:

Make the Bun Loaf:

  1. Pour the water into a jug with the butter and stir until the butter melts. Add the milk and egg and mix together. Pour this mixture into your bread pan.
  2. Add the sugar, flour, spice, salt, and finally, the yeast on top of the liquid in your bread pan. Set your bread maker to a sweet dough and size 1000g. If your machine has a nuts dispenser, turn it on and add the caramel bits to the dispenser. Hit the start button.
  3. Add the caramel bits to the dough at the beeps if your bread maker doesn’t come with a nuts dispenser.
  4. When the bread has baked, remove the bread from the pan and set it to cool on a cake cooler. Don’t forget the glaze.

Make the Glaze:

  1. Dissolve the caster sugar in the boiling water. Brush the hot loaf with the glaze.

Tips:

This recipe started out as buns but it's easier to make a loaf in the bread maker as the toasted slices are delightful - with lots of butter, of course.