Pain de Fruits
February 8, 2012

by stacy
Published on: February 8, 2012
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“Interesting in flavor and nicely textured, this French fruit bread is excellent for toast.  It bakes to a delicious-looking rich brown and is a very attractive gift bread.”
-James Beard, Beard on Bread

I like to think of myself as a fairly open minded eater.  I enjoy ethnic restaurants and cooking with new ingredients.  But the Brooks Bakes Project has taught me that when it comes to dried fruit, I’m downright picky.  I already knew that I despised raisins, but I learned that I also don’t like prunes, apricots, currants, or candied pineapple.

Since I wanted to enjoy my Pain de Fruits, I modified the recipe, replacing the figs, candied citron, and raisins with dried blueberries, cranberries, and cherries.

Stacy’s Pain de Fruits for the Picky Eater
Based on Pain de Fruits from Beard on Bread, by James Beard

Ingredients:

Pain de Fruits Ingredients

4 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons butter, melted
3 ounces hazelnuts
4 ounces almonds
4 ounces dried blueberries or blueberry-flavored dried cranberries
2 ounces dried cherries
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Beat eggs and sugar together.  Add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and melted butter and mix well.  Grind the hazelnuts and almonds in a food processor until they form a coarse powder.  Add the ground nuts and blueberries, cherries, and cranberries to the batter and blend well.

Pain de Fruits Before Baking

Line a 9 x 5 inch bread pan with wax paper and grease the ends.  Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Pain de Fruits

Pain de Fruits is an unusual bread, since about half of the “flour” is actually ground nuts.  This gives the bread a drier, crumblier texture that the typical quick bread, but it also provides a delectable, mildly nutty flavor throughout the loaf.  I thought my dried fruit mixture of cherries, blueberries, and cranberries was delicious, but definitely experiment and find a mixture that tastes good to you.  Maybe you’re a bolder person than I, and want to try the figs and candied citron.

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