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Rich fruit bread

Rich fruit bread

Stunning to look absolutely delicious to eat, this glazed dried fruit bread is perfect for any occasion. Simply leave it to cool in the tin and then slice and serve either on its own or spread with butter for a really decadent treat. It can also be made and given as a gift, wrapped in polythene and tied with a bow. This recipe makes two loaves, but you could halve the quantities and just make one loaf, if you prefer.

Pumpernickel

Pumpernickel

Pumpernickel is a dark rye loaf packed with flavour and made with chocolate or cocoa powder and treacle. It makes the perfect accompaniment to many dips or makes a delicious open sandwich spread with cream cheese. Pumpernickel bread is a form of German bread, referenced at least as far back as the 1450s. It is characterized by its dark color, virtually no crust and its rye taste. While it is fairly easy to find American style pumpernickel bread in the US, finding the traditional German style can be quite difficult. There are a few bakers who master the style and sell their pumpernickel bread at their bakeries or at specialty food stores. You may be able to order the true German pumpernickel bread on the Internet.

Pitta bread

Pitta bread

There are many different types of pitta bread, from flat examples, to those with distinct pockets and thicker cushions. The best pitta bread is always soft, tender and moist. Pitta bread is a great bread for beginning bakers or for making with kids. The entire process of making them only takes about two hours too, so it is also a great one for people on a tight schedule.

Much of pita’s popularity in the Western world since the 1970s is due to expanded use of the pocket for a type of sandwich. Instead of using pita to scoop foods, people fill the pocket with various ingredients to form a sandwich. These are sometimes called “pita pockets” or “pocket pitas”. In Palestinian, Egyptian and Israeli cuisine, it is the custom to eat almost everything in a pita, from falafel, lamb or chicken shawarma, kebab, omelettes such as shakshouka (eggs and tomatoes), Molokhia and hummus and other salads.

Garlic bread with herbs

Garlic bread with herbs

This irrestistible garlic bread includes plenty of fresh herbs. You can vary the overall flavour according to the combination of herbs you choose. This loaf makes an excellent addition to a barbecue. If space permits, place the foil-wrapped loaf on the top of the barbecue and cook for about the same length of time as for oven baking. Turn the foil parcel over several times to ensure it cooks evenly.

You can make mini versions by using four small baguettes instead of one large one. You can also add chopped olives or sun-dried tomatoes to the butter with some grated lemon rind.

Gubana – Sweet Italian Easter bread

Gubana – Sweet Italian Easter bread

Gubana is somewhat an Italian version of babka or kugelhopf. A curiously dense, almost dry cakey brioche-type bread with a filling of chocolate, raisins, nuts and alcohol. This traditional Easter bread hails from the Natisone Valleys to the east of Cividale del Friuli; a region northeast of Venice near the Austrian and Croatian borders.