Simnel spiced breakfast bread

Introducing Simnel’s irresistible Spiced Breakfast Bread, a delicious treat that will revolutionize your morning routine. This delicious bread is the perfect blend of aromatic spices, sweet fruits and fluffy bread, creating a harmonious symphony of flavors. Toast a slice of this delicious creation and you will experience pure bliss as the warm bread melts in your mouth. The buttery richness complements the spices perfectly and makes traditional hot cross buns a real challenge. Say goodbye to the ordinary breakfast and hello to a slice of heaven with our Simnel Spiced Breakfast Bread.


  • 225g strong white bread flour, plus some flour for dusting
  • 350g malted bread flour (we used Waitrose own brand), sifted to remove the grains
  • 2 x 7g sachets of fast-acting dry yeast
  • 25g golden powdered sugar
  • 50g dark brown muscovado sugar, plus 1 heaped tablespoon
  • 1 tbsp spice mix
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 200 ml whole milk
  • 50 g butter, plus 2 tbsp and a little more for greasing
  • 2 medium eggs, beaten separately
  • 175g raisins

Preparation steps

  1. Place each flour in its own mixing bowl and add a packet of yeast and ½ teaspoon salt to each bowl.
  2. Stir the powdered sugar into the white flour and the muscovado and spices into the brown flour.
  3. Place milk and butter in a small saucepan and heat gently until butter has melted.
  4. Make a well in the center of each flour mixture and pour half of the milk mixture into each.
  5. Add eggs 1 at a time and mix to form a soft, sticky dough. If you have a countertop mixer or stand mixer with a dough hook, use that to mix as the dough is quite sticky.
  6. Turn each dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth (or knead in your mixer), 5 minutes at a time.
  7. Place back in the bowl, cover loosely with oiled cling film and leave in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size.
  8. Lightly dust a 900g loaf tin with flour.
  9. Cut out the dough and knead each for another 30 seconds.
  10. Roll out each dough thinly so that its width is equal to the length of the loaf pan, but roll it out as long as possible – the longer it is, the more “swirls” you will create.
  11. Melt the 2 tablespoons of butter and spread the spicy malt dough all over, then sprinkle with the raisins and another 1 tablespoon of muscovado sugar.
  12. Lift the white dough and press it together.
  13. Brush the top with the remaining melted butter, then roll up from one end equal to the length of the pan.
  14. Lift the roll into the tin and cover it loosely with oiled cling film.
  15. Let rise in a warm place for 20-30 minutes until the dough has risen nicely over the edge of the pan.
  16. Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas 6 and bake for 20 minutes, then turn down to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4 and bake for a further 20 minutes.
  17. Remove the loaf and see if it sounds hollow when you tap the bottom. If not, put it back in the tin and bake for another 5 minutes.
  18. Allow to cool on a wire rack, then slice, roast and butter or eat cold.

Nutritional Information

Equipment and tools

  • Measurement scales
  • Sieve
  • mixing bowls
  • tablespoon
  • teaspoon
  • wooden spoon
  • Baking mold (900g)
  • baking paper
  • cooking brush
  • Cooling rack

Allergen information

This recipe contains the following allergens:

  • gluten
  • Dairy products (milk, butter)
  • Eggs

Please note that this recipe may also contain traces of other allergens not listed. It is important to check the packaging of the ingredients used to ensure they are suitable for your dietary needs.

Storage and leftovers

After baking, allow the Simnel Seasoned Breakfast Bread to cool completely on a cooling rack. Once cooled, it can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. If you prefer, you can also wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and freeze for up to 1 month.

To freshen up leftovers, slice the bread and toast it lightly. Serve with butter or your favorite spreads.

Health Benefits of Simnel Spiced Breakfast Loaf

Simnel’s Spiced Breakfast Bread is not only delicious, but also offers numerous health benefits. This delicious bread combines a blend of nutritious ingredients to create a well-rounded breakfast offering. Let’s explore the various health benefits of this recipe.

1. Good source of fiber

The combination of strong white bread flour and malted bread flour provides a significant amount of fiber. Fiber aids digestion, helps maintain regular bowel movements, and can aid weight control. Eating fiber-rich foods can also support heart health by lowering cholesterol levels.

2. Rich in essential nutrients

This breakfast bread contains several essential nutrients necessary for overall well-being. Whole milk is a good source of calcium and promotes bone health. It also contains proteins, vitamins and minerals. Eggs are packed with high-quality protein and provide all the essential amino acids the body needs. They are also a source of vitamins A, D, E and B12, as well as minerals such as iron and selenium.

3. Antioxidant-rich raisins

Raisins, a key ingredient in this spiced bread, are known for their antioxidant properties. Antioxidants help protect the body from damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals. In addition, raisins contain fiber, iron, potassium and other minerals. They can contribute to a healthy heart and aid digestion.

4. Spices with potential health benefits

Adding spices like spice mix and ground cinnamon not only improves the flavor but also offers potential health benefits. Cinnamon is associated with stabilizing blood sugar levels and improving insulin sensitivity. Spice blends often contain ingredients like cloves, nutmeg, and allspice, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

5. Suitable for special dietary needs

This seasoned breakfast bread from Simnel can be adapted to suit various dietary restrictions. By using gluten-free bread flour or a combination of alternative flours, even those with gluten intolerance or celiac disease can enjoy this delicious bread. In addition, it is possible to adapt the recipe to a vegan diet by replacing it with non-dairy milk, vegan butter and egg substitutes.

Overall, Simnel’s Spiced Breakfast Bread offers a delicious and nutritious way to start the day. Its combination of fiber, essential nutrients, antioxidant-rich raisins and potential health benefits of spices make it a healthy and filling choice for a healthy breakfast.

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