This morning, I just found an old scrapbook recipe that I had cut and pasted recipes from newspapers and magazines.
One of the bread recipe that I had always wanted to try out is Oats and Nuts Teabread.
This is a perfect bread for the coming Christmas Day, although I wanted to bake Christmas Fruit Cake…
This is a perfect teabread or bread, packed with prunes, oats and walnuts for more fibre and nutrients.
Furthermore, this bread recipe requires brown sugar instead of white sugar. Brown sugar taste less sweet and gives the brownish bread dough which is perfect!
Noticed that I don’t use margarine in this teabread.
Margarine consists of fats and cholesterol compare to unsalted butter.
If you can’t find unsalted butter, but salted but low fat butter and don’t add in salt since the butter is already salted.
Use your finger tips to mix the butter and flour together so that it forms breadcrumbs.
Mix both ingredients with your finger tips, bring them up high to your chest and rub them with your finger tips so that the dough turn into tiny balls like breadcrumbs.
This allows the dough to become loose, soft and fluffy.
The secret ingredients to bind together the bread dough are mixing a little egg and milk into the dough, mix again with fork, then pour a little more egg and milk again, repeat the same steps until the bread dough become soft, but not sticky.
If it is sticky, add in a little more self raising flour, knead together.
Remember, the bread dough shouldn’t be sticky or wet.
As for the prunes and walnuts, if you prefer something else, you could replace them with dried chopped fruits ( apricots, sultanas, mango, pineapple) and assorted toasted chopped nuts ( hazelnuts, ground nuts, cashew nuts )
However, remember to keep the measurement same, don’t add more because your teabread will turn out bulky.
Oats and Nuts Teabread Recipe
-150g self raising flour or plain flour
-a pinch of salt
-1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
-130g Instant Oats
-200g unsalted butter-diced
-80g brown sugar
-1 egg -beaten
-100ml fresh milk or milk powder mixed with warm water
-1/2 cup toasted walnuts
-100g prunes without seeds-chopped
-egg yolk mix with 1 tbsp water for glazing
Method of baking:
- Grease a bread loaf tin with butter
- Line the base and sides with baking paper ( greaseproof paper)
- Sieved in flour into a big mixing bowl.
- Rub in butter with your finger tips until resembles breadcrumbs, crumbling down from your fingers.
- Mix in Instant oats and brown sugar.
- Add in egg and milk alternatively as you mix with a fork.
- It should form a smooth dough, not sticky.
- Using floured hands, shape the bread dough into 16 balls.
- Place 8 balls at the base of the bread tin.
- Sprinkle with half walnuts and half prunes over them.
- Place the remaining bread dough ( 8 balls) on top, sprinkle with the remainder walnuts and prunes.
- Glaze with egg yolk
- Bake in preheat oven for 45min.
- Noticed that the bread dough balls are joined together when baked.
Teabread taste delicious after 1 day of baking.
Lightly toast slices of bread with butter and glaze with fruity jam.
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