Carolyn's Christmas fruit loaf

    1 hour 20 min

    This moist, easy-to-make fruit loaf is a lovely food gift for neighbours or friends at Christmas time.

    4 people made this

    Serves: 10 

    • 125g plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 80g quick cooking oats
    • 115g butter, melted
    • 100g caster sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 eggs
    • 475ml apple sauce
    • 60g chopped walnuts
    • 80g raisins

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:55min  ›  Extra time:5min resting  ›  Ready in:1hr20min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Lightly grease a loaf tin.
    2. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and cloves together in a large bowl. Stir in the oats. Beat the butter, sugar and vanilla together in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Stir in the eggs until well blended. Mix in the apple sauce, walnuts and raisins. Stir in the flour mixture just until moistened. Pour mixture into prepared loaf tin.
    3. Bake in preheated oven until a skewer inserted in middle comes out clean, about 55 minutes. Take care not to over-bake. Cool 5 minutes in tin before turning out on a rack to cool completely.

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    Reviews in English (13)


    Wonderful bread that's bursting with a delicious combination of fruits and nuts! I cut back on the applesauce a bit and added some fresh chopped apples. I also a struesel topping before popping it into the oven. I baked this in a 9x5 baking dish and it was done in about an hour. It smelled divine and tasted fabulous!  -  11 Nov 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I made muffins out of this recipe. I ground my oats down in my mini food processor for a finer texture. We don't care for walnuts so I used chopped pecans in it's place. I also soaked my raisins in unsweetened, hot chai for 20 minutes before adding them to the muffin batter. (I assumed that black raisins were regular raisins, mine were just organic) SUPER moist, awesome texture and really flavorful. I got 12 largish muffins out of one recipe--350* for 20 minutes and they were perfect. I think these would be good with chopped apples thrown in and maybe a half teaspoon of nutmeg, too. I'll make this again.  -  18 Nov 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Delicious! I followed the recipe exactly and it was perfect. Be sure your loaf pan is big enough as this makes a BIG loaf! Very moist; perfect with a little cream cheese on top. Will make again for sure.  -  10 Nov 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)