The perfect Christmas present for me is something homemade. It just adds that personal touch. This year I have made Traditional Christmas Cakes and Bishops Bread for friends and family. Bishops Bread is an interesting one. It derives its name from the Middle Ages and when cut, the translucent slices resemble a stained glass window.
If you are unable to find glace fruit, you can purchase it online from “Magnus Fruit Co” located in South Australia.
This recipe makes 3 loaves or 6 smaller loaves. (I made smaller ones)
- 3 eggs
- 2/3 cup castor sugar
- 1 1/2 cups plain flour
- 3/4 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 tbsp. honey
- 500g mixed glace fruit
- 200g mixed red and green glace cherries
- 50g mixed peel
- 500g raisins
- 750g shelled whole nuts (You can use any kind, however I like to use- brazil, hazelnuts, almonds
- and walnuts)
- 1/2 cup brandy
- 1. Preheat oven to 150 °C and grease three loaf tins or six smaller loaf tins with baking paper.
- 2. Cut up glace fruit into 2cm pieces (cherry size) and mix well with raisins, cherries and mixed peel.
- 3. In a large bowl beat eggs, sugar and honey together until light and fluffy.
- 4. Sift in the flour, baking powder and salt and mix until well combined.
- 5. Add a little bit of the fruit alternating with the nuts and fold through the mixture. Continue until all the ingredients are well combined. (You may have to use your hands to mix if the mixture is too hard to fold).
- 6. Turn mixture into tins, pressing well into corners. Add a little to each tin at a time so that they all come out even. The tins will be 3/4 full.
- 7. Cook for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes in the large tins and 45 minutes to 1 hour in the smaller tins.
- 8. Once cooked drizzle with brandy while hot to evaporate the alcohol. (This preserves the loaves so that they will keep for longer).
- 9. Cool in tins and wrap in baking paper then in another layer of foil. Store in an airtight container or in the fridge.
- Merry Christmas!
- If you are unable to find glace fruit you can purchase it online from "Magnus Fruit Co" located in South Australia. http://magnusfruitco.com.au
- You can decorate with extra fruit and nuts if you prefer.