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FRUIT LOAF

FRUIT LOAF

I discovered fruit loaves in England.

The cheap, plastic-wrapped kind, that you get for 0,50£ from Asda’s discount shelf next to the rhubarb pie, which was also 0,50£.

And I would bring it home, in the rain, under my jacket, because who wants soggy fruit bread, or any kind of soggy bread for that matter.

A cup of strong English tea with milk (yes, plant-based), a blankie and me in the sunroom, watching the raindrops fall on the glass ceiling and listening to Doro’s ‘Let love rain on me’.

So, there’s an emotional connection here, me and fruit loaves and English tea, and it hasn’t lost its appeal since then. I started making my own to bring back the memories. Afterall we have no ASDA in Greece and there’s not usually a lot of rain either. A friend showed me this website ‘Rainy Mood’ so rain-sounds at your fingertips with a simple click if you wish to experience the full package. Not sponsored or anything, my friends are just cool like that and will show you all sorts of awesome stuff.

My version is vegan, super simple and you can add to it as you wish with dried fruit, seeds, spices or grains.  This recipe yields a big, satisfying loaf, but double it if you wish, I promise you, it will not go to waste. Tell them it’s vegan after they try it and have the camera handy to capture the look on their faces.

It’s that good.

Ingredients

3 ripe bananas

1 apple (go seasonal and use pears, peaches, cherries whatever you have handy)

1 cup wholewheat flour

1cup plant-based milk

1/4cup vegetable oil

2 tablespoon flaxseed

5 tablespoon water

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2cup apple sauce

1 cup mixed dried fruit and nuts or seeds and grains or whatever you have handy. Raisins are my fave.

A pinch of salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

How To

Preheat the oven to a medium temperature and line a baking loaf or two.

Soak the flaxseed with the water for a few minutes while you mush the bananas with a fork. Leave chunks, we don’t mind, au contraire, it gives the banana bread a nice, rustic touch. Dice the apple or whatever fruit you are using.

Mix the flour with the baking powder. Add the cinnamon and salt.

Pour in the milk and oil, add the apple sauce, whisk it like you mean it.

Fold in the fresh fruit and dried fruit and seeds. Pour into the baking loaf and bake while you wait impatiently staring at the oven. (optional, but works wonders). It should take about 30 minutes, depending on your oven and levels of impatience.

Make the strong English tea, hit play on the rain sounds. Leave me a comment to tell me how much you love me.

I love you too,

Chelf.

15 Comments
  • Morgan Shaw
    Posted at 17:39h, 02 June Reply

    I am so glad you discovered this fresh fruit loaf is the best . I know so many people who love banana bread but hate bananas too.

  • Live Learn Better
    Posted at 22:40h, 02 June Reply

    I would so love try my recipe. I have all these items at home so i can’t wait to try this. Will pin this recipe.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 11:35h, 03 June Reply

      awesome! Thank you for stopping by!

  • Stephanie
    Posted at 01:13h, 03 June Reply

    I actually have a loaf of banana bread in the oven right now! But, I never thought about adding apples or other fruit to it. My boys already love banana bread, I can imagine just how exciting they will be to add apples next time.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 11:35h, 03 June Reply

      I bet they’ll love it Steph!

  • Maysz
    Posted at 02:23h, 03 June Reply

    Banana loaf bread is one of my favorites but I would love to try these fruit loaves looks so delicious and easy to make I can’t wait to try this at home <3

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 11:34h, 03 June Reply

      yay! Let us know how it turns out!

  • Angela Tolsma
    Posted at 13:28h, 03 June Reply

    I’ve made apple and banana bread but this sounds delicious! Definitely something I would try, the cinnamon sticks on top would be so interesting!

  • Trina Dinnar
    Posted at 13:56h, 03 June Reply

    I’ve been wanting to get back into baking and this recipe inspires me to do so. It looks so good, I think I’m going to give it a try. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 14:31h, 03 June Reply

      It’s super simple and easy too Trina, perfect to get to into the baking mode again! 🙂

  • Elizabeth O
    Posted at 16:25h, 04 June Reply

    It looks absolutely divine. I can almost taste it through the screen. Im a big fan of fuit cakes, pies and desserts in general. Save me a slice.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 10:10h, 08 June Reply

      Virtual cake, sent <3

  • NAti
    Posted at 20:00h, 05 June Reply

    This fruit loaf sounds amazing! I am not Vegan but I don’t mind preparing vegan recipes if they are promising as this one!

  • Ewa
    Posted at 16:29h, 07 June Reply

    I also discovered this cake in England. I’ll try to make it soon with a strong tea and real rain in the background,
    because here it will be rainy all week 🙂

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 10:10h, 08 June Reply

      Lucky you!!

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