Toowoomba Bus Trip – Spicy Fruit Bread

AuthorViceChairCategoryDifficultyIntermediate

This bread will surprise you how moist it is. Served warm with ricotta and honey its perfect with a strong cup of tea. Keep wrapped in glad wrap in the fridge for a week.

Yields20 Servings
Prep Time20 minsCook Time1 hr 10 minsTotal Time1 hr 30 mins

 150 g each of dried apricots; dried figs; pitted dates; raisins
 ½ tsp bicarb soda
 ¾ cup brown sugar
 2 cups orange juice
 2 eggs, lightly beaten
 2 cups Self raising flour
 1 ½ tsp cinnamon
 1 tsp ground ginger

1

1. Preheat oven to 180C
2. Grease 20 x 10 x 7cm loaf tin with cooking oil spray
3. Line base and sides with baking paper
4. Put apricots, dates, figs, raisings and orange juice on a medium saucepan over a medium heat
5. Cook, stirring occasionally for 20 minutes or until fruit has absorbed juice.
6. Remove from heat and stir in bicarb soda.
7. Transfer fruit mixture to a large bowl and set aside for 10 minutes to cool
8. Stir in sugar and eggs
9. Sift over flour and spices
10. Stir gently to combine
11. Spoon mixture into tin
12. Smooth top with back of wet spoon
13. Bake for 50 minutes or cooked when tested with skewer
14. Remove from oven and let stand in tin for 10 minutes.
15. Turn onto rack to cool
16. Slice and serve at room temperature
17. Spread with soft butter to serve (optional)

Ingredients

 150 g each of dried apricots; dried figs; pitted dates; raisins
 ½ tsp bicarb soda
 ¾ cup brown sugar
 2 cups orange juice
 2 eggs, lightly beaten
 2 cups Self raising flour
 1 ½ tsp cinnamon
 1 tsp ground ginger

Directions

1

1. Preheat oven to 180C
2. Grease 20 x 10 x 7cm loaf tin with cooking oil spray
3. Line base and sides with baking paper
4. Put apricots, dates, figs, raisings and orange juice on a medium saucepan over a medium heat
5. Cook, stirring occasionally for 20 minutes or until fruit has absorbed juice.
6. Remove from heat and stir in bicarb soda.
7. Transfer fruit mixture to a large bowl and set aside for 10 minutes to cool
8. Stir in sugar and eggs
9. Sift over flour and spices
10. Stir gently to combine
11. Spoon mixture into tin
12. Smooth top with back of wet spoon
13. Bake for 50 minutes or cooked when tested with skewer
14. Remove from oven and let stand in tin for 10 minutes.
15. Turn onto rack to cool
16. Slice and serve at room temperature
17. Spread with soft butter to serve (optional)

Toowoomba Bus Trip – Spicy Fruit Bread