Fruit And Nut Bread

This recipe for fruit and nut bread is my submission to Fresh From The Oven.

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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. For my recipe, 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
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Fruit and Nut Bread

Recipe Category: Bread
Makes enough for: 1 loaf bread
All Rights Reserved: Adapted from Breville Ikon Baker’s Oven Recipe Book


  • 1 egg, lightly beaten and
  • enough milk to make up 200mls
  • 90 mls apple juice
  • 10 mls oil
  • 6.25 mls salt
  • 20 mls fructose
  • 750 mls bread flour
  • 2.5 mls bread improver
  • 1 lemon, zest only
  • 5 mls ground mixed spice
  • 8.75 mls yeast

Add at the beeps or to the fruit and nut dispenser

  • 40 mls raisins
  • 10 mls mixed peel
  • 10 mls dried cranberries
  • 20 mls dried apples, chopped
  • 20 mls pecans, chopped


  • Add the ingredients listed above in the order they are listed up to and including the yeast, into your bread maker
  • Add the balance of the ingredients into the fruit and nut dispenser or at the beeps as per your model of bread maker
  • Select the sweet setting on your bread maker


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56 thoughts on “Fruit And Nut Bread

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

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

  2. 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!!

  3. 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.

    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 🙂

  4. 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.

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

          2. 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

  5. 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. 😉

    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 🙂

  6. 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.

    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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