Fruit Bread Recipe

Step 1

Soak prunes and figs 1 hour in just enough water to cover. Add dates and cook gently in the same water for 20 minutes. Remove fruit, chop and mix with other fruits and nuts. Reduce liquid to 3/4 cup. Cool to lukewarm, add yeast and stir until well blended. Add 2 cups flour, beating well. Let rise until light and spongy. Add spices, salt, fruit mixture and remaining flour to make a stiff dough. Knead until smooth. Let rise until doubled in bulk. Shape into oval loaves, brush with slightly sweetened milk and sprinkle with split almonds. Let rise again and bake in a 425 degree oven for 45 minutes.

Makes 3 loaves.

If desired, when cool, spread with icing and garnish with candied fruits and nut meats.

Things You'll Need

  • 1lb Prunes
  • 1lb Figs
  • 1lb Dates
  • 1/4c Raisins
  • 1/4c Dried currants
  • 1tb Chopped candied citron
  • 1tb Chopped candied lemon peel
  • 1tb Chopped candied orange peel
  • 1/4c Chopped blanched almonds
  • 2 Yeast cakes
  • 4 1/2c Sifted flour
  • 1/4ts Cloves
  • 1/4ts Cinnamon
  • 1/4ts Salt

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