Choose your favorite combination of colorful dried fruits in this simple nut bread. Serve thinly sliced or package mini loaves for gifts.

Fruit and Nut Holiday Tea Bread


2 cups all-purpose flour (“Mom” prefers organic)
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup plain yogurt (“Mom” prefers organic)
1/3 cup canola oil
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon grated lemon or orange zest
1 (6- to 7-ounce) package Sun-Maid Cape Cod Cranberries or Goldens and Cherries
3/4 cup toasted walnuts or pecans
3/4 cup powdered sugar
2 to 3 tablespoons orange juice


PREHEAT oven to 350 F.

Coat one large 9×5-inch, two medium 8×4-1/2-inch or three small 5×3-inch loaf pans.

In a small bowl COMBINE flour, baking powder, salt and soda. Set aside.

In a medium bowl STIR together sugar, yogurt, oil, eggs, vanilla and zest. Stir in dry mixture until thoroughly combined. Stir in dried fruit and nuts. Pour into prepared pans.

BAKE large pan 50-55 minutes, medium pans 35-40 minutes, small pans 30-35 minutes or until well-browned on edges and pick inserted in center comes out clean.

COOL on wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pan(s) and cool completely.

STIR together powdered sugar and enough orange juice to make a pourable glaze. Drizzle over cooled bread.

Makes 1 large loaf or 3 mini loaves.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Sun-Maid.*