Thursday, November 13, 2014

Three Easy Hoosier Holiday Fruit Breads

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Three Easy  Hoosier Holiday Fruit Breads

Three Easy Holiday Fruit Breads
Fruit breads are a nice alternative to pies and cookies at holiday gatherings. Berry breads bring back memories of warmer summer months and apricot bread is a nice alternative to the pumpkin spice breads so common this time of year.
Strawberry Bread
2 10 oz bags of frozen strawberries (thawed)
4 large eggs
1 ½ cups of canola oil
3 cups of flour
1 tsp of salt
1 tsp of baking soda
3 tsp of Cinnamon
2 Cups of Sugar
1 Cup of Chopped Pecans
2 tablespoons Of Strawberry Jam
Use a blender to mash your thawed strawberries until all the large pieces are gone. Blend in your eggs, oil, and jam on low. Pour into a large mixing bowl and with a large spoon gently mix in half a cup of flour. Set aside the other ½ cup of flour. Blend well; adding in the nuts and the last of the flour. Have two well greased loaf pans. Bake the loaves for one hour in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven. This makes to large loaves of bread.
Blueberry Quick Bread
5 cups of flour
1 ½ cups of sugar
½ Teaspoon of salt
¾ a cup of butter
2 Cups of whole milk
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
2 cups of frozen blueberries (do not thaw)
In a large bowel cut the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt into the butter until the mixture looks like crumbs. Stir in your chopped nuts. In a separate small bowl slightly beat your eggs with a whisk. Then use the whisk to mix in our milk and vanilla. Now with a large wooden spoon add the contents from the small bowl into the flour mixture until the flour is moistened. Stir in your blueberries evenly distributing them throughout the batter. Spoon the mixture into a greased and floured Bundt pan and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes or until center of the bread is firm. Let the loaf cool for 10minutes before slicing.
Apricot Almond Bread
2 ¼ cups of quick biscuit mix
1 cup of quick oats
1 cup of brown sugar
1 teaspoon of baking powder
½ teaspoon of salt
¾ cup of dried apricots
¾ cup of Almond Shavings
1 ½ cup of whole milk
1 beaten large egg
Combine all of your dry ingredients in a large bowl mixing in your fruit and nuts until they are well coated with the dry mixture. Add in your milk and beaten large egg just enough to moisten the batter. Pour the coarse batter into a 9 "x 5"x 3" loaf pan that has been sprayed with non stick cooking spray. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about an area. Middle of the bread should be slightly firm.

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