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    St Patrick's Day Fruit and Spice Bread

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    Total Time:

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    1 hr 5 mins

    30 mins

    35 mins

    Zurie's Note:

    Adapted from a recipe by Sarah Cook in GoodFood magazine. Best eaten warm, freshly baked. It's best by far not to substitute any ingredient.

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    • 4 ounces oats (rolled breakfast oats)
    • 7 ounces flour, all-purpose
    • 7 ounces wholewheat flour (plus extra for dusting)
    • 2 ounces butter, firm, cut into small dice
    • 4 ounces superfine sugar
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)
    • 2 teaspoons mixed spice
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 4 ounces raisins, golden, seedless (sultanas)
    • 2 ounces dates, finely chopped (fresh is lovely if available)
    • 3 tablespoons mixed peel (dried mixed peel, used for Christmas baking)
    • 16 fluid oz buttermilk
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla
    • 3 -4 tablespoons sugar, dark brown (demerara, or use any brown sugar)


    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 350 deg F.
    2. 2
      In a food processor, whizz the oats and butter together. (Can also be done with fingertips, saving you cleaning the processor!).
    3. 3
      Tip into a big bowl, and stir in the 2 flours, superfine sugar, baking soda, mixed spice, salt, raisins, dates and mixed peel.
    4. 4
      Pour over the buttermilk and vanilla, and stir in briskly with a wooden spoon.
    5. 5
      Tip on to a flour-dusted surface and gently form into a flattish ball. Transfer to a baking tin (cover it with baking paper first).
    6. 6
      Sprinkle over the dark brown sugar (any brown sugar will do) and press the sugar in, all over the top. To be traditional, cut a cross in the top of the bread.
    7. 7
      Bake for about 35 minutes, until crusty on the outside. Do test with a skewer, as ovens can vary a lot. Allow more baking time if necessary.
    8. 8
      Nicest if eaten warm, in thick slices, slathered with real butter!

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 12, 2014


      I'm glad we tried this delicious traditional bread. <br/>It was really easy to prepare as I had all the ingredients I needed. For the spices I used: cinnamon, nutmeg, little spice-bread mix and cardamom.<br/>I prepared all the dry ingredients the evening before and added the liquid only in the morning.<br/>I used about 1/3 of cup less liquid, perhaps my oats adsorbed less than others.<br/>After placing the dough over a floured baking sheet I formed the bread directly there, made the cross and we baked it. In this way we had a delicious St.Patrick's bread, still warm from the oven.<br/>So yummy! Thanks a lot Zurie and a big HUG!

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    Nutritional Facts for St Patrick's Day Fruit and Spice Bread

    Serving Size: 1 (114 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 428.2
    Calories from Fat 65
    Total Fat 7.3 g
    Saturated Fat 3.9 g
    Cholesterol 15.2 mg
    Sodium 501.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 83.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.9 g
    Sugars 32.6 g
    Protein 8.2 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    mixed spice

    mixed peel


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