Christmas Fruit Loaf

Christmas Fruit Loaf


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About this recipe: A deliciously spiced loaf, which is perfect anytime of the year. It's made with pears, prunes, figs, raisins, hazelnuts and mixed peel.


Serves: 14 

  • 250g dried pears
  • 250g prunes, pitted
  • 175g dried figs
  • 500ml water
  • 250g plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla sugar
  • 3 drops lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 2 pinches ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon kirsch (cherry brandy)
  • 75g hazelnuts
  • 75g cut mixed peel
  • 100g raisins
  • 1 teaspoon instant powdered mash potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons cold water

Prep:20min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Extra time:8hr setting  ›  Ready in:9hr20min 

  1. Place dried fruit in a saucepan, cover with water and leave to soak overnight.
  2. The next day, bring the soaked fruit to the boil in the same pan, boil for 2 minutes, drain and reserve liquid. Cool, then finely chop.
  3. Mix the baking powder with the flour and sieve onto the work surface. Make a hollow in the middle and place the sugar, vanilla sugar, lemon extract, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, kirsch and 2 tablespoons of the fruit water into it. Mix with flour and sugar into a paste. Add chopped fruit, hazelnuts, mixed peel and raisins. Knead everything together until fruit is evenly distributed. If the dough is too sticky, add more flour. Shape the dough into a loaf shape and lay onto a lined baking tray.
  4. Mix the instant mash with 3 tablespoons water and bring to the boil briefly. Brush over loaf.
  5. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4 and bake for about 50-60 minutes.

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