Portuguese Honey, Spice and All Things Nice, Fruit Bread.

Recipe by kiwidutch
READY IN: 2hrs 10mins




  • Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 325°F (160 C).
  • Butter 6 (6 by 3 1/4 by 2 inch) metal loaf pans. (2 to 2 1/4 cup capacity)
  • Put cranberries, candied fruit, and Port together in a small saucepan and heat until it simmers. Remove from heat, cover and set aside.
  • Coarsely chop walnuts using a food processor then add the flour, salt, baking soda and spices and pulse just enough to combine.
  • Cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, and then add the eggs 1 at a time, beating each in well.
  • Stir together yeast and warm water in a small bowl and let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. If your mixture doesn't foam, discard it and start over with new yeast.
  • Starting with one and a half cups of flour mixture added to butter mixture and mixing with an electric beater at low speed . add each of the following and combine after each addition : molasses, then another one and a half cups of flour mixture, then the yeast mixture, the final one and a half cups of flour mixture. Then hand stir in the candied fruit mixture.
  • Divide batter among pans, smooth the tops. You don't need to let the batter rise.
  • Bake for about 50 to 60 minutes or until a wooden pick or skewer inserted in centers of loaves comes out clean.
  • Cool in the loaf pans on a rack for about 10 minutes, then remove loaves from pans and cool completely on rack.