Recipe For Fruit And Nut Bread

This month, our host for Fresh From The Oven is La Cuisine de Sarah. She set us a lovely task of making a breakfast fruit bread. Ordinarily I would get the challenge on the 1st of the month, and then have a good three weeks to think about the recipe I am going to do, and make it. This month, we were overseas until the 7th and on the 8th I checked the challenge, and knew that the weekend would be the first time I would have to pay any attention to baking. With all the paperwork and office work that needed my attention, the fact that it was mother’s day on the 13th totally slipped my mind. I finally realized this on the 11th and Friday afternoon is far too late to sort out something for my mom. She lives in Johannesburg and up until this year, my sister has always been in charge of shopping for presents. This year my sister is living in Sydney, and my mom spent her first mother’s day without either of her children. When I moved to Gordons Bay my mom gave me a photo frame with a saying: there are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One is roots; the other, wings – we have now flown the nest completely so to speak, and I can only hope it is with joy my mother watches us soar! I decided to make this breakfast bread to share with her virtually on mother’s day.

My first task on Saturday morning was to make candied peel but I decided to make Sally’s recipe, as she is my inspiration when it comes to Fresh From The Oven. I only used grapefruit peel as the recipe called for 2 teaspoons. I replaced the sugar with fructose, and used Canderel Yellow 0% for the dusting. I have a little left over which will get some use soon I am sure. Sally always comes up with an interesting twist for our challenges. I decided to make a fruit and nut bread as I much preferred the ingredients in my recipe book to the one for the fruit loaf. I would rather let the bread maker do the hard work, as it means I can spend time on other projects that need my attention in the kitchen.

what did you do for mother’s day this Sunday?

Fruit And Nut Bread
Fruit and Nut Bread

Fruit and Nut Bread
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 egg (lightly beaten) and enough milk to make up 200mls
  • 90mls apple juice
  • 10mls oil
  • 6.25mls salt
  • 20mls brown sugar – I used fructose
  • 750mls bread flour
  • 2.5mls bread improver
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 5mls ground mixed spice
  • 8.75mls yeast
Add at the beeps or to the fruit and nut dispenser
  • 40mls raisins
  • 10mls mixed peel
  • 10mls dried cranberries
  • 20mls dried apples, chopped
  • 20mls pecans, chopped
Method
  1. Add the ingredients listed above in the order they are listed up to and including the yeast, into your bread maker
  2. Add the balance of the ingredients into the fruit and nut dispenser or at the beeps as per your model of bread maker
  3. Select the sweet setting on your bread maker
My Notes
this recipe is not suitable for the preset timer

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51 thoughts on “Recipe For Fruit And Nut Bread

  1. Even the photo looks delicious 😉

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    1. thanks Tok 🙂

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  2. Tandy, what a lovely mix of fruit in that loaf! I could do with a slice for breakfast this morning! I hope your sister is enjoying Sydney?

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    1. Thank you Celia! My sister seems to be settling in and has a visit from my mom to look forward to in August. Thank you so much for asking 🙂

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  3. That’s a yummy combo of apples, raisins, and cranberries 🙂

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    1. It is indeed, thanks Jen 🙂

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  4. I always have loved a fruit a nut bread and I’m sure your mother would as well. I know she must miss her two daughters but knows that you both love her dearly.

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    1. Thanks for the kind words Karen 🙂

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  5. What a lovely way to remember your mum Tandy! 🙂

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    1. thank you Lorraine 🙂

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  6. What a lovely recipe.. it’s a great idea to make something that reminds us of hot cross buns and Christmas fruit cake.. this looks amazing!

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    1. oh wow, I had not thought of the loaf that way, but you are so right 🙂

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  7. Looks so very yummy!

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    1. It was, thanks 🙂

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  8. The bread looks delicious:-)

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    1. thank you 🙂

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  9. It must have been hard for your mom to be without you both yesterday, Tandy. My sister is away, so I ws really glad we were here for her. That bread sounds delicious, but we’re trying to cut out bread at the moment. Hubby needs to get his beach body ready for Phuket. 😉

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    1. oh wow, a trip coming up! Your mum was lucky to have you there this weekend, but a part of your heart must have been in JNB and the USA 🙂

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  10. I’m a candy-peel addict. and then in China I discovered tiny citrus fruit dried. Instant addiction. There was a shop in Hong Kong that sold it and I used to come home with my suitcase stuffed full.
    I think its the tartness that grabs me.

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    1. I love the sound of that! I should grow some bonsai lime trees LOL 🙂

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      1. i think they were a variety on cumquat

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        1. sounds yummy!

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          1. they were addictive for me

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          2. I can well imagine as I love the tangy sweetness of kumquats as they are so candied must be awesome 🙂

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          3. now I am in dire need, and NO one in Joburg imports them *sob*

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          4. We will have to try and make some!

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          5. oooh goodie, do we scour the net for recipes. I’ m a bit slow at trying new things so a fellow traveller would be good to have

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          6. I will try anything once! I am keen – now to find kumquats, are they even in season?

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          7. lots of recipies for making candied ones, but that’s a lot like marmalade. drying is quite another skill

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          8. I will have to look in my Larousse 🙂

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  11. What’s bread improver? I like fruit bread toasted with lashings of butter.

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    1. It is what the bakeries use to keep the bread fresher for longer. You can use Xantham Gum or Guar Gum – look at Pick N Pay – and Dave likes the bread the same way 🙂

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  12. Anything that reminds me of stollen sounds good to me! I love dried/candied fruit and nuts in bread, they just go together so well, and treat without being overwhelmingly sweet like cake.

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    1. That is a perfect description 🙂

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  13. Yum! I love all the fruit in the loaf! I bet it was amazing!

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    1. It was indeed SarahJ 🙂

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  14. What a great bread! I’m thinking this would make for some awesome peanut butter and jelly sandwiches!

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    1. I am heading downstairs to try that!

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  15. Absolutely delicious!! Nothing beats fresh bread!!! I don’t think I’ll be able to participate in this month’s. haha.. Glad yours turned out delightful!!

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    1. I know how you feel! Hope you are having a super time travelling 🙂

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  16. A lovely looking loaf Tandy. Now, if I just had a breadmaker…
    🙂 Mandy

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    1. this will work just as well if you do all the hard work by hand!

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  17. I love the idea of candied grapefruit in this loaf – can you lay a spare place at your table for breakfast soon!

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    1. anytime!

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  18. Fresh from the oven, it must have smelt heavenly while tasting a right treat slathered in butter and jam 😀
    Yum!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. Nothing beats the smell of bread baking, other than coffee roasting – and those two together make a great breakfast 🙂

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  19. Delicious – I could eat plenty of that:)

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    1. Thanks Roger, me too 🙂

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  20. This bread sounds so delicious with all those plump dried fruits and flavours. A great way to start the day! x

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    1. Thanks Yvette, I should have brought it to work as a slice of that would be perfect right now 🙂

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