- 4 cups all-purpose flour (plus extra for dusting)
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 2 teaspoons dried yeast (instant)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup butter (melted and cooled for 10 mins)
- 6 tablespoons milk (heated to about 110°F)
- 4 medium eggs (beaten)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 egg yolk (medium)
- 3 dried figs (cut into thin slices)
- 3 dried apricots (cut into thin strips)
- 3 1/2 ounces candied fruit (mixed, cut into small pieces)
- 6 glacé cherries
- powdered sugar (to dust)
- Sift the flour, spices and a large pinch of salt into a large bowl. Stir in the dried yeast and sugar and make a well in the center. Mix the melted butter with 5 tbsp of the milk. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and pour into the well. Mix to a soft, sticky dough, then turn out onto a floured surface and knead for 10 mins until smooth and elastic, adding a little more flour if the dough is too sticky.
- Shape the dough into a ball and place in a clean lightly greased bowl. Cover with greased plastic wrap and leave in a warm place for 1 1/2 hrs or until the dough has doubled in size. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and re-knead for 2-3 mins. Shape into a 30 inch rope, then form into a wreath shape, pinching the edges of the dough together to seal.
- Transfer the wreath to a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper and cover with greased plastic wrap. Leave in a warm place to rise for 35-40 mins.
- Preheat the oven to 400°F. Beat the egg yolk with the remaining milk and brush all over the dough. Decorate with the figs, apricots, candied fruit and glacé cherries.
- Bake for 10 mins, then reduce the oven temperature to 350°F. Cover the wreath loosely with foil and bake for another 15-20 mins, until the top is golden and the underside of the wreath sounds hollow when firmly tapped. Transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool. Dust with powdered sugar just before serving.
PER SERVING *
|Calories190Calories from Fat45|
|% DAILY VALUE*|
|Calories from Fat45|
|% DAILY VALUE*|
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.