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Christmas Loaf nutmeat and fruit bread

Christmas Loaf

I can’t resist the retro charm of the sweet glacé cherries looking so suitably festive in this traditional Christmas Loaf.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Course: Bread, Dessert
Keyword: African American baking, bake, best fruitcake, candied fruit, christmas bread, christmas cake, Christmas recipes, fruit cake, fruitcake bread, fruitcake ingredients, holiday bread recipes, holiday loaf recipes, loaf cake, old fashioned fruitcake recipe, Stollen, traditional Christmas recipes, Yule, Yuletide bread
Servings: 24 servings, 12 servings per loaf
Calories: 377kcal

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    Ingredients for Christmas Loaf

    • 1 cup unsalted butter softened to room temperature
    • 2 cups sugar
    • 6 large eggs
    • 2 cups flour
    • 1 pound candied cherries
    • 1 pound pecans rough chopped


    The Method

    • Preheat the oven to 325°F. Butter and flour two loaf pans and set aside.
    • Cream the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy.
    • Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
    • Measure the flour unsifted. Reserve 1/2 cup flour to mix with the cherries and the nuts. Sift the remaining flour into the butter sugar mixture and beat very well. Add the floured nutmeats and candied fruits and stir to combine.
    • Divide the batter evenly between the two prepared loaf pans.
    • Bake for 45 minutes, however, and because ovens vary widely, begin testing for doneness at 35 minutes by inserting a toothpick and pulling it out clean.
    • Once the loaves are baked, turn out onto wire cooling racks to cool completely.
    • Serve with softened sweet cream butter and hot coffee or tea.


    Serving: 1serving | Calories: 377kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 108mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 314IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg

    Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.