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Dried-fruit bread

A thin slice of this tasty bread served with a little cream cheese, blue cheese and honeyed bacon makes a deliciously different first meal of the day.
 
Dried-fruit bread (PHOTO: Jacques stander)


Preparation time: 20 min
Cooking time: 40-60 min
 
 

Ingredients

 
  • 4 large eggs
  • 10
    ml
    vanilla essence
  • 80
    ml
    brown sugar or honey
  • 180
    ml
    cake flour
  • 2,5
    ml
    salt
  • 1,25
    ml
    baking powder
  • 1,25
    ml
    bicarbonate of soda
  • 70
    g
    dried apricots, chopped
  • 50
    g
    cranberries
  • 50
    g
    dried pears, chopped
  • 50
    g
    currants or sultanas
  • 100
    g
    whole almonds or walnuts or pecan nuts, chopped
  • 100
    g
    toasted sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds
  • bacon rashers brushed with honey and grilled
  • cream cheese
  • blue cheese (optional)
  • a little honey for drizzling (optional)
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Method

 

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease a small bread tin with nonstick spray and line with baking paper.

1 In a large bowl, beat the eggs, vanilla essence and sugar or honey together until thick and smooth.

2 In a separate bowl, sift the dry ingredients together.

3 In another bowl mix the fruit, nuts and seeds and sift a little of the flour mixture over.

4 Alternating between the dry ingredients and the fruit mixture, fold these into the egg mixture.

5 Transfer to the prepared tin and bake for about 40-60 minutes – a skewer inserted in the middle should come out clean. If it’s still not done after 40 minutes, cover the bread in foil – to keep it from scorching – and continue baking. Once done, remove from the oven and let it cool a little in the tin, then transfer to a wire rack and let it cool completely. Wrap in clingfilm – it can keep in the fridge for several weeks or up to three months in the freezer.

6 TO SERVE

Slice thinly and spread cream cheese on a slice, stack bacon on it and crumble blue cheese over (if using). Finish by drizzling a little honey over (if using).

 

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