This golden loaf was a holiday treat back in the early 1900s. Your grandmother baked it with harvest apples and Sun-Maid raisins, then warmed it on the hearth for her holiday guests.
Now you can recreate this delicious tradition with the same, naturally sweet raisins that started it all. Sun-Maid, America’s favorite raisin-Seedless, Currants, Muscats and Goldens-for over three generations.
Sun-Maid Holiday Hearth Loaves
1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
2/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups peeled shredded apple
1 cup chopped Sun-Maid Raisins (Seedless, Currants, Muscats or Goldens)
1/2 cup chopped nuts
Cream together butter, sugar, lemon peel and cinnamon. Beat in eggs until light and fluffy. Beat in milk and lemon juice. Stir together dry ingredients, add to creamed mixture, stirring until moistened. Fold in apple, raisins, and nuts. Spoon batter into 3 greased miniature load pans, about 3×6-inches. Bake at 350 degrees F. 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Makes 3 loaves. Batter may be baked in 5×9-inch loaf pan. Increase baking time to about 1 hour.
If you love Sun-Maid Holiday Fruitcake, you’ll love Sun-Maid Holiday Hearth Loaf
I have made this recipe for years after cutting it out of a magazine, but lost it. Thank you SO VERY much for allowing me to start making one of my families favorite quick breads again! For anyone out there wondering, it is moist and flavorful. Very good!
I also have been making this bread for many years. It is my favorite quick bread. However, this year, the loaves came out very crumbly when I sliced them. Can anyone tell my why? I followed the recipe exactly.
Thanks for sharing this recipe. This was my aunts favorite bread. I would make that she would have with her coffee back in the 80’s but I lost the recipe and have been looking for it for about 30 years. Thank you so much I am going to make it right now.