FOR THE FERMENT
- 120g ’00’ flour (or All-Purpose flour)
- 1/4 tsp dried yeast
- 100ml water, room temperature
- Pinch of salt
FOR THE DOUGH
- 100g orange marmalade
- 12 fennel seeds
- 80g dried fruits
- 445g ’00’ flour, plus extra for dusting
- 110ml whole milk
- 2 medium eggs
- 10g salt
- 1 tsp dried yeast
- 60g maple sugar
- 100ml pure Canadian maple syrup (preferably amber for its rich taste)
- 60g unsalted, softened and cut into pieces
- 140ml water, room temperature
FOR THE CROSS TOPPING
- 40g plain flour
- 20g self-raising flour
- Pinch of maple sugar
- 50ml water
- 2 tsp veg oil, plus extra to grease1 t
FOR THE GLAZE
- 1 tbsp marmalade
- 2 tbsp pure Canadian maple syrup (preferably amber for its rich taste)
- Stand mixer with dough hook
- 1 spring-form cake tin, lightly buttered
- Disposable piping bag
- Mix the ferment ingredients in a small bowl to form a stiff dough. Cover with cling film and leave at room temperature overnight until it more than doubles in size.
- The next day, mix the marmalade with the fennel seeds, dried fruits and maple syrup in a mixing bowl, then set aside to soak.
- Weigh 190g of the ferment mix, tear it into pieces and put in the bowl of a stand mixer with a dough hook attached. Add the flour, milk, egg, salt, yeast and water.
- Mix on a low speed for 2 minutes, scrape the sides of the bowl down with a spatula or palette knife, then mix for another minute or so until all the dry ingredients are incorporated.
- Increase the speed to medium for around 5 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic.
- On a medium speed, add small amounts of the maple sugar to the bowl until combined, this should around take 2 minutes.
- Add the butter to the bowl piece by piece, then mix again on a medium speed for 2 minutes or so until fully incorporated.
- Finally, add the soaked fruit mixture to the bowl and mix on a low speed until evenly distributed.
- Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl and cover with cling film or a clean tea towel. Leave to rise at room temperature until at least doubled in size (about 1½ hours).
- Once the dough has risen, turn it out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead gently to remove any large air pockets.
- Divide the dough into 6 equal balls and place into the cake tin. Cover the tin with a clean tea towel and leave to prove for 1½-2 hours.
- To make the cross topping, put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well until smooth. Scrape into a piping bag and set aside.
- Heat the oven to 200ºC.
- When the dough has at least doubled in size, brush generously with beaten egg all over, then pipe a cross on top of each dough ball.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden. Just before the baking time is up, warm the marmalade and the maple syrup in a small pan to make a thick syrup.
- Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack and brush all over with the glaze. Leave to cool before serving.
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