Mixed Dried Berries Loaf


Ingredients

  • 6 oz dried mixed berries (example blueberries, cherries, cranberry, raspberry, strawberry etc)
  • 1 large orange
  • ½ cup castor sugar
  • 5 tablespoons butter at room temperature
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 2  cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup cashew nuts chopped

Method

  • Preheat oven to 350° F.  Butter 9 x 5 loaf tin.
  • Place the dried berries in a bowl and add lukewarm water until it covers the berries  and leave for about 30 minutes
  • With vegetable peeler remove orange rind and chop them into fine pieces
  • Drain dried berries
  • Squeeze juice from orange and add enough water to make ¾ cup orange juice
  • Place the berries in a bowl and add orange peel and orange juice and set aside
  • Cream butter and sugar with a beater until soft
  • Beat in eggs until light and fluffy
  • Add almond and vanilla extracts and beat until well mixed
  • Sift flour, baking powder and baking soda and fold them in 3 batches into the butter mixture alternating with berry mixture.
  • Add chopped cashews and mix well
  • Spoon mixture into prepared pan and bake for about 50 – 55 minutes or a skewer inserted comes out clean

  • Cool in tin for about 15 minutes and transfer to a wire rack and cool completely
  • If the loaf becomes too dry (after cooling) wrap them in a foil to keep the moisture in.
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