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Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Apple and Berry Bread Swirls

I made these for pudding the other night after picking the berries on a morning walk with my daughters and one of the last apples from our tree in the back garden.  We used some of the berries in pancakes and I made these tasty morsels with the rest.  They were devoured in minutes!  My husband ate two before be paused for breath and my daughters complained that there weren't more of them.  They are really easy to make and are great for a pudding or afternoon tea treat. 

125ml warm milk
7g dried yeast, 1 sachet
2 Tblsp caster sugar
1 free range egg
300g plain flour
60g butter
100g fresh berries or frozen berries that have been slightly thawed
1 apple peeled, cored and diced
150g mascarpone
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tblsp icing sugar
Chocolate for drizzling (optional)

Combine the milk, yeast, egg and sugar in a bowl or jug then whisk to thoroughly combine everything. Put the flour and butter in a bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer and rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.  Add the liquid ingredients then mix until combined. Knead the dough for 3 - 5 minutes then cover and set aside in a warm place for 45 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.

Preheat your oven to 180°C.  Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 2 - 3 minutes to knock it back.  Use a lightly floured rolling pin to roll out the dough to a 30 x 40cm rectangle.  

Combine mascarpone, vanilla and icing sugar then spread it evenly over the dough.  Scatter over the berries and diced apple.  Starting with the longest side closest to you, roll the dough up firmly to form a log. Cut crossways into 8 - 10 slices.

Arrange the slices, cut-side up, side by side and just touching on the lined baking tray. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes or until golden. Serve warm.  I drizzled ours with some melted dark chocolate to make them a little more decadent for pudding.

Before the Apple and Berry Bread Swirls were doused in chocolate, and after, just before they were devoured.

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