|More pics further down the post|
230g strong white flour
25g unrefined cane sugar (Billington's natural molasses sugar)
1 teaspoon mixed spice
150g sultanas, chopped prunes and chopped apricots(soaked for 24 hours)
20g fresh yeast (or 10g dried active yeast)
105g soaking liquid from the dried fruit
50g olive oil
1 can Mango Slices
1 teaspoon granulated sugar mixed with
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1. Measure the water and stir in the yeast. Place the flour, sugar and sultanas into a mixing bowl, pour in the yeast liquid, then add the olive oil if using.
2. Have a little water to hand to add if necessary, remember, it is better for your dough to be wetter (slack) rather than drier (tight). Begin to mix by stirring the ingredients together with a knife, cutting through the dough as it forms. When it gets too stiff for the knife, use your hand to squeeze the mixture together. As it forms into a solid mass, keep turning it over and pressing it down to pick up the flour at the bottom of the bowl – but make sure it stays soft. Don’t be afraid to add more water to keep it soft! When all the flour has been mixed in, wipe the bowl around with the dough, turn it out onto the worktop and begin to knead.
3. Knead by flattening the dough out, folding it over and flattening it again. If the dough is too sticky, instead of putting extra flour on your worktop, place some in the bowl, put the dough back in and turn it round to coat it all over. That way you keep the flour under control and you won’t be tempted to add too much. Knead until the dough becomes smooth – and then stop before you get fed up!
4. Form the dough into a round or an oval shape, then, using flour to stop the dough from sticking, roll out the kuchen dough to around 1 cm thick. Place the dough onto a prepared baking sheet.
5. Place the slices of mango in rows all over the dough. Sprinkle with the sugar and cinnamon.
6. Leave to rise until the kuchen has grown appreciably, then bake for 10 minutes at 220C (425F, gas mark 7) then at 190C (375F, gas mark 6) until the apples are soft and the dough cooked - probably another 10 minutes. Check by lifting the edge of the kuchen with a palette knife - the bottom should be browning.
|I baked the kuchen under cover for the first 12 minutes - this is what it looked like, with a couple of mango slices falling off the loaf as it grew. I placed them back in the middle as can be seen on the finished loaf at the top of the post|