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Earl Grey and lemon bread

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A sweet, citrus bread

Earl Grey and lemon are the perfect pairing and this sweet bread is delicious washed down with a cup of tea.
 

Prep time: 30 minutes, plus proving

Baking time: 10 to 30 minutes

Makes: 10 

Ingredients:

2 Miles Earl Grey teabags
8 tbsp hot water
100ml whole milk
300g strong white bread flour
7g dried active yeast
50g golden caster sugar
40g unsalted butter
50g dried lemon peel, diced
1 medium egg
½ tsp salt
100g icing sugar (optional) 

Method:

  • Put one of the teabags into a heatproof jug and pour over the hot water. Leave to infuse for 5 minutes, to make a strong tea. Add the milk to the jug and stir in. 
  • Mix the flour, sugar, yeast and salt in a large bow. Empty the tea leaves from the second teabag into the mixture and stir in. 
  • Pour the milky tea into the bowl a little at a time, stirring after each addition, until all of the ingredients are combined.
  • Knead the mixture with your hands for 10 minutes, until you are left with a soft dough.
  • Cut the butter into small cubes and add it to the dough. Knead the butter into the dough until it is completely incorporated. Repeat with the lemon peel.
  • Lightly oil a large bowl. Form the dough into a ball and place in the bowl, cover with cling film and leave in a warm place for at least an hour to prove. The dough should have doubled in size.  
  • Remove the dough from the bowl and place on a lightly floured work surface. Gently knead for a couple of minutes and then divide the dough into 8 equal balls. 
  • Flatten the balls slightly until they are about 2cm high. Arrange the balls, on a baking sheet lined with baking paper, by placing one in the centre and the remaining 7 around it. Leave to prove for another hour, until it has doubled in size again and looks puffy.
  • While the dough is proving, preheat the oven to 180˚c. 
  • Once it has finished proving, brush the dough with the beaten egg and bake in the oven for 15 minutes, until the bread is golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and leave to cool on a wire wrack. 
  • If you want to add icing, mix the icing sugar with 3 tbsp cold water until you have a runny icing. Drizzle the icing over the bread once it has cooled. Alternatively, dust the bread with a sprinkling of icing sugar. 
  • Enjoy with a cup of tea as a mid afternoon snack.
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