This is one of our Christmas Holiday traditional foods and my personal version of the recipe. It is rich, moist and quite filling.
Serving: 2 loaves
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 1 hrs
5 cups flour, sifted
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup shortening
1 tbs baking powder
1 packet active dry yeast
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1 cup brown sugar
1/2-3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup mixed peel
1/2 cup cherries
1 cup finely grated coconut
1 cup evaporated milk
2 tsp vanilla extract or mixed essence
2 tbs brown sugar, 1 tbs hot water
Preheat oven to 350 deg. F
Grease two medium sized loaf pans and set aside.
Mix together flour, brown sugar, white sugar, yeast, baking powder, salt and nutmeg together in large bowl.
Cut butter and shortening into small pieces and mix into flour.
Add raisins, mixed peel and cherries to flour and combine.
As a shortcut, coconut can be cubed and placed in blender with the evaporated milk and vanilla extract and blended well (for at about a minute).
Add milk & coconut mixture to flour.
Using a wooden spoon, stir together until combined. Do not knead!
Pour batter equally into the two pans.
Bake for approximately 50 mins- 1hr or when inserted knife or toothpick comes our clean.
Mix together the sugar and hot water (you can also add a small amount of honey to the mixture).
After taking breads out of the oven, using a pastry brush paste mixture over the tops.
Let breads cool in pans for about 15 minutes.
Remove from pans and place on wire racks to complete cooling.
Slice and enjoy..
This can be enjoyed alone or eaten with cheese or peanut butter.