Fruity Christmas Loaf

    13 hours 10 minutes

    This loaf of Christmas cake/bread is packed with dried fruits like prunes, pears, figs, peel and sultanas in a spicy sweet dough.

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    Serves: 14 

    • 250g dried pears
    • 250g prunes, pitted
    • 175g dried figs
    • 2 cups (500ml) water
    • 2 cups (250g) plain flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/4 cup (60g) caster sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
    • 3 drops lemon essence
    • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1 pinch ground cloves
    • 2 pinches ground cinnamon
    • 1 tablespoon kirsch (cherry brandy)
    • 75g hazelnuts
    • 75g cut mixed peel
    • 100g sultanas
    • 1 teaspoon instant mash potatoes
    • 3 tablespoons cold water

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:50min  ›  Extra time:12hours soaking  ›  Ready in:13hours10min 

    1. Place dried pears, prunes and figs 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 saucepan then boil for 2 minutes. Drain and reserve liquid. Cool then finely dice.
    3. Mix the baking powder with the flour then sieve onto the work surface. Make a hollow in the middle and place the sugar, vanilla essence, lemon essence, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, kirsch and 2 tablespoons of the fruit water into it.
    4. Mix with flour and sugar into a paste. Add diced fruit, hazelnuts, mixed peel and sultanas.
    5. 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.
    6. Mix the instant mash with 3 tablespoons water then bring to the boil briefly. Brush over loaf.
    7. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C and bake for about 50-60 minutes.

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