Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr
Great with a cup of black coffee. This is my friend's grandmother's recipe. Mixed peel is the candied peel of various fruit. Use candied orange peel or candied papaya peel or a combination of the two.
- 4 1⁄2 cups flour
- 4 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 1⁄4 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup chopped dried mixed fruit
- 1 cup raisins or 1 cup sultana
- 3 cups coconut, grated (not dried or sweetened)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
- 1⁄4 teaspoon nutmeg, grated
- 2 eggs, well-beaten
- 1⁄2 cup evaporated milk
- 2 teaspoons almond essence
- 1⁄2 lb butter (melted) or 1⁄2 lb margarine (melted)
- Mix and sift flour, baking powder and salt four times.
- Add sugar and fruit; blend evenly.
- Add coconut, cinamon and grated nutmeg and stir well.
- In another bowl combine the whipped eggs, milk, essence and cooled melted butter. Mix well.
- Make a well in the flour mixture.
- Pour the egg mixture into the well and stir with a spoon. Batter will be heavy and mixture will be fairly stiff.
- DO NOT KNEAD or bread will be tough. Mix entirely by spoon, assisted by a knife.
- Pile into 2 non-stick or greased loaf tins.
- Bake at 325 degrees for 50 - 60 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out clean.
- OPTIONAL: When done, glaze with mixture of 1 tablespoon sugar and one tablespoon water. Sprinkle with granulated sugar and Return to the oven for 3 -4 minutes.
My first attempt at a sweet bread (I am Trinidadian) this was moist and delicious and overall a good recipe for sweet bread. I put a half cup extra of coconut, cus I love lots of coconut in my sweet bread. I think the freshly grated coconut gave this sweet bread its moistness (in blender, do strain liquid before adding to batter). The fruit peel gave a strong citrus taste, but some people do like that, I would put less next time. It did bake longer than the time recommended. I would definitely use this recipe again with my alterations. Thanks Wizzy
What a lovely smell while it is baking. Very solid loaves. We had one for supper and DH took one to work to share with his co-workers. I would rate this higher (and if possible would edit my current rating later on), if the ingredients were listed more coherently. I had to REWRITE the ingredients in the margin in order to make sense of the cooking directions. Also, as noted by a previous reviewer (which I JUST read), the recipe lists as making only ONE loaf, however this makes TWO very solid, dense loaves....so that skews the nutrition facts. I substituted cherry-flavored cranberries for the real thing (missed that on my shopping list!), and used fresh orange zest in place of the mixed peel and some candied pineapple pieces. The golden raisins I used gave the loaves a very nice look as well. This is certainly a great=tasting 4- or 5-star recipe---if the ingredients list is changed!!
(Though I made it is written, I'm leaving no stars because I must have done something wrong). This is an interesting quick bread recipe! I used a combination of candied pineapple, papaya and mango. It's almost a fruitcake. I loved the cherries and raisins. Nice cherry-coconut taste and. I'd give it 5-stars for taste. My dough was very hard to combine and I had to bake it far longer then suggested. I'll make it again to determine what went wrong this time.