Festive Fruit Bread

Festive Fruit Bread

Serve up this delicious bread or wrap as a gift for family and friends over the festive season.


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Serves: 22 person(s) Change

Preparation Time: 30 mins
Cooking Time: 40 mins
Extra Time: 1 hr
(for standing)

Yield: 22 x slices (1 loaf)

Heart-Friendly Recipe Low Sodium Recipe Diabetes-Friendly Recipe Low-Carb Recipe


  • 1 oz fresh yeast, crumbled or 1 sachet dried yeast
  • 1 cup nonfat milk, warm
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 3 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp sugar substitute
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1/3 cup mixed peel
  • 1/2 cup currants
  • 2 Tbsp reduced-fat margarine or buttery spread, melted
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 egg, extra
  • 1 Tbsp nonfat milk, extra
  • 1 Tbsp flaked almonds
  • 2 tsp mixed peel, extra


Combine yeast, 1 cup milk and a teaspoon each of sugar and flour in a small bowl. Stand in a warm place until the mixture becomes frothy, about one hour.

Sift remaining flour, sugar substitute and spice into a large bowl. Stir in 1/3 cup peel and currants.

Combine margarine and 2 lightly beaten eggs with yeast mixture and pour into flour. Mix to soft dough. Transfer to floured board and knead for 5 to 10 minutes or until smooth and the dough springs back when pressed.

Spray a bowl with cooking spray, place the dough inside and cover with a damp tea towel and rest in a warm place for 45 minutes.

Punch down dough and knead until smooth. Divide mixture into three pieces and roll each into a long strand. Braid strands together and bring ends together to form a ring. Spray a baking tray with cooking spray and place loaf on the tray.

Lightly beat the extra egg and mix with 1 tablespoon milk. Brush this glaze over the top of loaf. Sprinkle with almonds and the extra peel. Bake in a moderate 350ºF oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown.


As a food gift, package and tie with a bow!

Nutritional Info (per serving)

CALORIES 104 cals
Kilojoules 436 kJ
Fat 2.1 g
Saturated Fat 0.4 g
Cholesterol 26 mg
Sodium 30 mg
Carbohydrates 17.5 g
Fiber 1.2 g
Total Sugars 1.2 g
Protein 3.9 g
Calcium 27.0 mg
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