I ‘found’ a cube of fresh yeast in my fridge today. It was 5 days past its use by date but I used it anyway hoping that it would still make the dough rise.
I chose a recipe from the British magazine Woman (issue unknown) for a plum bread.
For the bread I dissolved the yeast cube (42g) in lukewarm water and 1 teaspoon sugar. I poured the dissolved yeast in the middle of a bowl of 1kg flour (with a pinch of salt), mixed in a bit of flour and left it to throw bubbles for 15 minutes.
Next I poured in 5dl milk (room temperature) and 2dl lukewarm water, added 2 tablespoons of cinnamon and a packet of vanilla sugar and brought the dough together kneading like a maniac.
After a further rising session I worked in 350g plums (destoned and quartered), 100g sliced almonds and some more cinnamon and sugar.
I put the breads into cake tins (buttered and floured) and left them to rise for another 30 minutes.
After I had brushed them with milk I made some incisions on the top and off they went into the oven for 55 minutes at 200C.
The breads look fantastic. The taste test will be postponed until tomorrow because the breads need to cool down first. I already burnt my fingers getting them out of the oven.