Orange-and-almond loaf with dried fruit

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PREP TIME

15 min

Makes

18 servings

* PLUS Baking Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Orange-and-almond loaf with dried fruit

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Quick breads are just that, easy to make, and often the ingredients are already on hand. This sweet little number is loaded with interesting bits of toasted almonds and dried fruit.


Ingredients

  • 2 oranges
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped figs , dates or apricots or a mixture of all three
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract , or 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped toasted whole almonds

Instructions

  • Finely grate peel from 1 orange. Squeeze 2/3 cup (150 mL) juice from oranges and heat in a small saucepan set over medium heat. When hot, remove from heat and stir in figs, dates or apricots and grated peel. Cool to lukewarm while continuing with recipe
  • Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Butter a 9×5-inch (1.5-L) loaf pan. In a large mixing bowl, stir flour with baking powder, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, beat egg lightly, then stir in brown sugar. Stir in milk and almond extract or vanilla. Make a well in flour mixture and pour in egg mixture and melted butter. Stir until blended. Stir in fruit, including any liquid, and almonds.
  • Turn into pan and smooth top. Bake in centre of preheated oven until a skewer inserted in centre comes out clean, from 55 to 60 minutes. Cool in pan for 5 minutes, then cool on a rack.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 186,
  • Protein
  • 3.7 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 32.6 g,
  • Fat
  • 5.4 g,
  • Fibre
  • 2.9 g,
  • Sodium
  • 165 mg.