Fruit and Nut Bread

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slice of fruit and nut bread

Wonderfully nutty and flavorful and just sweet enough, this tasty quick bread keeps very well in the fridge and in fact gets better with time. Take it out of the fridge 30 minutes prior to enjoying. Thank you, dad, for this wonderful recipe!

Makes 14 slices

Total time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Prep: 10 minutes
Bake: 1 hour
Cool: 1 hour

3/4 cup white whole-wheat flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup raisins (unpacked)
1 cup sweetened dried cranberries (unpacked)
1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3 large eggs
1/4 cup pulp-free orange juice

1. Preheat oven to 320 degrees F. Spray a 9×5-inch loaf pan with nonstick spray. Line the bottom of the pan with a strip of foil that extends beyond the pan and spray the foil (this will help lift the baked bread from the pan):

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Stir in the nuts and dried fruits. Mix well, using a wide spatula.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and the sugar. Whisk in the orange juice. Add the egg mixture to the fruit and nut mixture and mix very well, using a spatula. Spread evenly into the prepared pan, pressing down to flatten.

4. Bake about 1 hour, or until bread is deep golden-brown and has pulled away from the sides of the pan, and a toothpick inserted in its center comes out clean. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool for about an hour. When cool, gently run a knife around the edges, then lift the loaf out of the pan. Peel off the foil. Cut into 14 thin slices with a sharp knife, or store, covered with plastic wrap or aluminum foil, for up to a month in the fridge.

Nutrition for one slice
Calories 238.8
Total Fat 12.1 g
Saturated Fat 1.2 g
Cholesterol 39.6 mg
Sodium 134.1 mg
Total Carbohydrate 33.5 g
Dietary Fiber 3.2 g
Sugars 23.4 g
Protein 6.0 g
Weight Watchers Points Plus: 7 points

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