Chunky Fruit and Nut Quick Bread

This is the kind of wonderful savory quick bread you might have found in the 70s, when ex-hippies were running little breakfast spots, bakeries, and hole in the wall eateries all over the country.  It’s a solid, chunky little loaf literally crammed wall to wall with nuts, seeds, and fruit.  In fact it’s all about the nuts and fruit, the grains are just there to act as a kind of mortar.  I know, words like solid and mortar aren’t really what you associate with a great slice of bread, but trust me on this one.  It’s damn good.  A thick slice, toasted and buttered, makes a memorable breakfast, and apart from the gathering and chopping  of all the fruits and nuts, it takes just minutes to throw together.

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This dough, (or should I say batter?) is quick and easy.  You can see in the photo that there are literally more fruits and nuts than flour!   It’s a great way to use up  leftovers that clutter up your cupboard from past baking projects.  I do think the variety is what makes this bread so special, so I wouldn’t suggest trying to make it with only one type of fruit and nut, it just won’t turn out as good.  For the flour I used a mix of buckwheat and white, but you can use all whole wheat, or probably any combination of flours you like.   Like I said, it’s just there to hold all the good bits together. but keep in mind that using at least one half white flour will help keep the bread from being too heavy.

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This bread is a variation of my MUESLI TOASTING BREAD, which I also love.

Chunky Fruit and Nut Quick Bread

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
  • 1/4 cup golden syrup, or maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups chopped nuts (I used walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, cashews, almonds and pistachios and pumpkin seed kernels)
  • 2 cups chopped dried fruit (I used figs,apricots, cherries, currents, apples and peaches)

Instructions

  1. Set the oven to 350F
  2. Spray a standard loaf pan with cooking spray. I like to line it with parchment paper so that I can lift it out after baking for easy slicing. That's optional.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs, extract, syrup and buttermilk together until well blended.
  4. In another bowl, whisk together the flours, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Toss in the fruits and nuts, and add to the wet ingredients. Mix well. The batter will be stiff, but if it seems too stiff, add in a little more buttermilk.
  5. Turn the dough into the pan and smooth it out evenly.
  6. Bake for about 45-50 minutes, until it is golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. The bread is best eaten toasted, with butter. Keep the cooled loaf well wrapped in plastic.

Notes

Be sure to measure your flour with the fluff, scoop, and level method: fluff up the flour before scooping it up, and then level it with the side of a knife. This ensures a more accurate measure. recipe adapted from Cooking Melangery

http://theviewfromgreatisland.com/chunky-fruit-nut-quick-bread/

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A couple of notes—  This bread needs to be toasted, I think.  And slathered with butter.   And because there is no fat of any kind in the dough, the bread will dry out quickly.  I recommend wrapping the cooled loaf, or individual slices, in plastic and keeping it in the refrigerator.  You could definitely freeze it as well.

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So there you have it,  if you were a child of the 70s, or just wish you were, you will love this bread!   It’s fun to put together, and it’s an adventure to eat — every bite is completely unique.

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25 Responses to Chunky Fruit and Nut Quick Bread

  1. Miriam says:

    This looks wonderful, I am searching for a healthy breakfast bread. Do you have the nutritional info for your recipe? Thank you so much!

  2. i AM a child of the 70s and I’m in love with this bread — at least your photos! Gonna try thos for sure.

  3. Lourdes says:

    Dear Sue
    This bread looks so good and I want to try it. Can I use only APF since I do not have buckwheat flour ? thanks
    Lourdes

  4. Penny Cassell Dare says:

    Made this loaf this afternoon and my Butler ( my husband) gave me the thumbs up. It was so delicious with butter. Thanks for sharing.

  5. This bread looks awesome!! It would never get boring eating it because each bite has different things in it. Yum!

  6. Susan says:

    Not sure which one I want to try first – this one or your Muesli bread! They both look fantastic!

  7. This looks absolutely fantastic. I love breads packed full of my favorite fruits and nuts like this. I’m already imagining putting butter or peanut butter on it, but only after devouring the first piece all by itself!

    Luci’s Morsels – fashion. food. frivolity.

  8. Sue, this is one gorgeous bread. And toast season is here! I am so excited!

  9. My Sunday afternoon could use a nice slice of this bread with tea, love all the textures!

  10. Love this quick bread, it is a great way to kick off fall baking!

    -Jamie

  11. Mimi says:

    This bread looks so so good! Especially warm with butter. I make one similar, but it’s yeasted. It’s perfect with cheese!

  12. cheri says:

    Hi Sue, love that you used buckwheat flour, this is a great bread. A real keeper!

  13. Amy says:

    I love that the recipe calls for using up the odd bits left over from other recipes. I have everything I need for this without going out to buy any ingredients. I have small amounts of nuts, dried fruit, everything. This is breakfast all next week!

  14. ahu says:

    I can’t decide what’s more beautiful – your bread or that blue pitcher in the last photo! :)

  15. This reminds me of Christmas tea cake! Yum!

    • Sue says:

      It does look a little bit like fruitcake, but it couldn’t be more different — not a sweet bread at all. I don’t want to mislead anyone :)

  16. sippitysup says:

    That is “Chock fulla Nuts”! GREG

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