Plum Apricot Raisin Bread

19 Jan

Quick, easy & delicious. This bread is a great way to make use of fresh fruits in season, or mix with dried fruit. Here, I used fresh golden plums and dried apricots, (which proved to be a winning combination!) but any fruit can be substituted in this bread. Use your favorite seasonals!   —Alex

ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons apple sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1-1/3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup wheat bran
  • 1/4 cup flax seed meal
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup nonfat buttermilk (can be substitued for plain, nonfat yogurt)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 cup pitted, chopped plums
  • 1/3 cup dried apricots
  • 1/3 cup raisins

process:

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the sugar, apple sauce, egg and lemon peel; mix well.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt.
  3. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture alternately with buttermilk (or yogurt). Mix well.
  4. Stir in the fruit.
  5. Pour into two greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans. Place on wire racks to cool completely.

makes 2 8″ x 4″ loaves

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