A Gluten filled Staple of Christmas now has a Gluten free twist. Best eaten fresh or freeze it and when you come to eat it warm in the microwave
250ml lukewarm substitute milk
14g dried active baking yeast
500g gluten free plain flour
2 teaspoon psyllium powder (or 1 teaspoon and 1 egg)
50g caster sugar
1 pinch salt
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
150g dairy free spread, at room temperature
130g Mixed fruit (soaked for 10 minutes and dried off before using)
2 tablespoons water (not needed if using egg)
50ml lemon juice
Pre-heat the oven to 180°C gas mark 4
In a small bowl mix one tsp of psyllium and the two tbs of water and mix well leave for a few minutes. In a large mixing bowl,combine the flour, remaining psyllium, salt, lemon juice and water and sugar.Mix well to activate the bicarb and xanthan gum in the flour set aside whilst the yeast mixture activates
In a small mixing bowl, combine yeast with about 1/3 of the warm milk and let stand till it foams, about 10 minutes.
Add the husk and water mix, yeast mix, spread, remaining milk. Knead to a smooth dough with the dough hook of a food processor, or by hand on a lightly floured work surface. Place in a greased bowl, cover and let rise 1 hour in a warm place.
Place the mixed fruit on a flour dusted surface and place the dough on top and knead the fruit in. Using your hands roll the marzipan into a sausage shape lay on top of the dough and bring the sides over so it’s in the middle
Put the whole thing in one, or you may need two, lightly oiled polythene bags and leave it to prove in a warm place until it has doubled in size again. (This will take about an hour). Bake for around 40 minutes or until brown tap the bottom if it sounds hollow it is cooked alternatively use a cooking thermometer and check the temp it should reach 88 degrees C in the centre
Whilst baking lightly fry some flaked almonds in a pan Remove loaf from the oven and place on a cooling rack and dust with icing sugar and decorate with the almond flakes
- If not avoiding dairy you can use milk and butter.