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Catholic Recipe: Christmas Fruit Bread


  • 5 cups sifted flour
  • 2 teaspoons soda
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup raw sugar
  • 2 cups brown sugar OR 1 cup molasses
  • 3 cups sour milk
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped dates
  • 1 1/2 cups raisins
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 2 Tablespoons shortening
  • Details

  • Yield: 3 loaves
  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Difficulty: • •
  • Cost: $$$$
  • For Ages: 11+
  • Origin:

Christmas fruit bread is a rich, dark date and nut loaf — an excellent substitute for fruit cake if you didn't manage to make any in time to age for the Christmas season. Many countries have fruit bread in one form or another for this season. Makes 3 loaves.


Combine sifted flour, soda and salt. Add dates, raisins and nuts, mix thoroughly. In separate bowl beat eggs, add sugar. Beat well. Alternate milk and dry ingredients to sugar mixture, then melted shortening. Pour into loaf pans, three-quarters full. Let stand 15 minutes. Bake in moderate oven for 50 to 60 minutes. This recipe makes three loaves of fruit bread.

Recipe Source: Twelve Days of Christmas, The by Elsa Chaney, The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, MN, 1955
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