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Three Berry Pull-apart Bread

Three Berry Pull-apart Bread

Sweet and sticky, you'll find yourself reaching for another slice as soon after you devour your first. It's really that good!

 

WHAT YOU NEED

For the dough

3 cups Plain Flour

1/4  cup Caster Sugar

7 g sachet Active Dry Yeast

1/2  tsp Salt

1/3 cup Buttermilk

1/4 cup Unsalted Butter

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

2 large eggs, beaten

 

For the filling

1/2 cup Three Berry jam (or any jam/marmalade of your choice)

4 tbsp Unsalted Butter, melted

1/2 cup Dried Cranberries (or any other dried fruit of your choice)

 

HOW IT'S DONE

1. For the dough, in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment combine 2 cups of the flour, sugar, yeast and salt.

2. In a small saucepan set over medium-low heat, combine the buttermilk and butter and heat until the butter has just melted. Remove the pan from the heat and add ¼ cup of water and the vanilla. Let the mixture cool. 

3. Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture and combine on medium-low speed for 1-2 minutes until just combined. Add the eggs then increase the speed to medium and combine for 5-6 minutes to bring it together. Stop the mixer, scrape down the entire bowl then add the remaining 1 cup of flour. Mix for 3-4 more minutes, or until a smooth, elastic and sticky dough has formed.

4. Transfer the dough to a large well-greased bowl, cover it with plastic wrap and let it rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour. 

5. Pre-heat the oven to 170 C. Grease and line a loaf pan then set aside. 

6. After the dough has risen, dump it onto a floured surface and using a rolling pin, roll it into a 30cm wide by 50cm long rectangle. Brush the melted butter on the dough followed by the three berry jam then sprinkle a handful of dried cranberries. Slice the dough vertically into 3 equal strips. Stack the strips on top of one another and slice the stack crosswise into 6 equal slices. You’ll have 6 stacks of 3 squares.

7. Stack the dough squares into the loaf pan then cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place until almost doubled in size, about 45 minutes.

8. Place the risen dough into the oven and bake until the top is golden brown, about 30 to 35 minutes.

9. Remove from the oven and enjoy hot.

Makes 1 loaf.

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