Fruit Bread

Fruit Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 pound prunes
  • 1 pound figs
  • 1 pound dates
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup dried currants
  • 1 Tbsp chopped candied citron
  • 1 Tbsp chopped candied lemon peel
  • 1 Tbsp chopped candied orange peel
  • 1/4 cup chopped blanched almonds
  • 2 yeast cakes
  • 4 1/2 cups sifted flour
  • 1/4 ts cloves
  • 1/4 ts cinnamon
  • 1/4 ts salt

Instructions

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.

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