Candied Fruit Bread


Try this vintage recipe for Christmas fruit bread. It belonged to my mother, and it's really good! Enjoy fruitcake taste in a quickbread form. Serve at teatime during the holidays.

Close-up on loaf of fruit bread with 3 slices alongside.
Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Additional Time:
3 hrs 20 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 45 mins
1 8x4-inch loaf


  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 cup milk

  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted

  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour

  • 4 teaspoons baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • ¼ cup chopped pecans

  • ¼ cup chopped blanched almonds

  • ¼ cup chopped candied citron

  • ¼ cup currants

  • 2 tablespoons chopped candied cherries

  • 2 tablespoons chopped candied lemon peel


  1. Whisk eggs in a medium bowl. Mix in milk and melted butter until well combined.

  2. Sift flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon into a large mixing bowl. Stir in sugar, pecans, almonds, citron, currants, cherries, and lemon peel until well combined. Add wet ingredients and stir just enough to blend. Pour batter into a generously greased 8x4-inch loaf pan. Let stand for 20 minutes.

  3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  4. Bake in the center of the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 60 to 70 minutes. Remove from the oven and turn out onto a wire rack; let cool for 3 hours before slicing.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

344 Calories
10g Fat
60g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 344
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 437mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 60g 22%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 205mg 16%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 191mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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