Makes 1 medium loaf.
For the loaf:
300g strong white flour
7g dried yeast
4 tablespoons malt extract
100g mixed nuts
50g chopped dates
1 teaspoon salt
Place the flour into a large bowl and rub in the yeast.
Add the salt, malt, nuts, dried fruit and water and mix to form a dough (adding more water if it feels a little dry).
Tip the dough onto a floured surface and knead for around 10 minutes, or until it feels quite soft.
Return the dough to the bowl and cover with e tea-towel.
Leave the dough to rise for around a couple of hours, or until it has doubled in size.
When the dough has risen, shape it into a ball and place onto a lined baking tray.
Cover again, with a tea-towel, and leave to rise for about 30 minutes, or until it has noticeably puffed up.
Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees C.
When the dough has puffed up, sprinkle the top with a little flour and make a couple of slashes with a sharp knife.
Bake for about 15 minutes, then turn the oven down to 180 degrees C and bake for a further 15 minutes.
When the loaf is ready it should be a dark golden brown colour and the bottom should sound hollow when tapped.
Cool on a wire rack before serving.