This bread is delicious with a savoury or sweet topping. Try salami, cheese and salad or jam.
Makes 1, 1lb loaf
300g/11oz strong plain flour
7.5ml/1 1/2tsp easy-bake yeast
175ml/6fl oz lukewarm water
75g/3oz flaked almonds
melted butter, for brushing
Sift the flour and salt into a bowl, cut in the butter with a knife, then stir in the yeast.
Gradually add in the lukewarm water, stirring with a spoon at first, then gathering the dough together with your hands.
Turn the dough onto a floured surface. Knead for 10 minutes, until smooth and elastic.
Knead the sultanas and almonds into the dough until they are evenly distributed.
Shape the dough into a rough oval shape, place on a lightly oiled baking sheet, cover and leave to prove for 1 – 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 220C/425F/gas mark 7.
Uncover the loaf and bake for 10 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 190C/375F/gas mark 5.
Bake for a further 20 – 25 minutes.
Transfer the loaf to a wire rack, brush with the melted butter and allow to cool before slicing.