Here’s another quick and tasty loaf I cook every week. It has no sugar, eggs or butter (just treacle and skim condensed milk!) and is based on wholemeal plain flour. A healthier choice over coconut banana bread - that's for sure. I love it thick sliced & toasted, then spread with honey or a little butter. This recipe is modified from an old Nestle one. I often substitute the dried fruits or nuts to include whatever is on hand in the pantry. For example, you can substitute the sultanas for raisins & currants and the dried apricots for dried fig, apple or pear. It’s terrific with cranberries added in too. Just keep the total amount to 2 x ⅔ cups dried fruits + 1 x ½ cup nuts. This recipe can easily be doubled for two loaves and keeps well for 4 to 5 days in a sealed container.
Ingredients - ⅔ cup Australian dried apricots, chopped (OR other dried fruits) ❤ ⅔ cup Australian sultanas ❤ 1 cup boiling water with 1 teaspoon of bi carbonate soda dissolved ❤ ½ cup Treacle ❤ 3 cups Wholemeal Plain Flour ❤ ½ cup Flaked Almonds OR Chopped Walnuts ❤ 400 gram tin Nestle Skim Sweetened Condensed Milk
Method + Tips - Preheat oven to slow 150°C (300°F). Grease and line your largest loaf tin (approx. 12 x 23 cm) with baking paper.
Chop dried apricots into small chunks. Place apricots and sultanas in a large bowl. Add boiling water and bicarbonate soda to fruits and stir well. Add in skim condensed milk and treacle and stir with a wooden spoon until all ingredients are well mixed.
Add flour and almonds and stir until just combined. Do not over-mix. Spoon mixture into loaf pan. Sprinkle with flaked almonds (or a few sliced glace cherries optional) and bake slowly for 1 hour 15 minutes or until cooked when tested.
Cover with aluminium foil and allow to cool completely in the tin. Serves 10 thick slices. Excellent pre-cut and wrapped up for a snack on-the-go or toasted at breakfast time with homemade jam. Enjoy!