Orange-Bran Nut Bread

  • Yield: 12 servings


1cup dried figs, finely chopped
2tablespoons butter or margarine
3/4cup all-purpose flour, sifted
3/4cup whole wheat flour
1/2cup sugar
1teaspoon salt
3teaspoons baking powder
1teaspoon vanilla extract
1-- egg, beaten
4teaspoons orange peel, grated
1/3cup fresh orange juice
3/4cup whole-bran cereal
1/2cup walnuts, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. In large bowl of electric mixer, pour 3/4 cup boiling water over figs and butter; let stand 10 minutes.  Sift together flours, sugar, salt and baking powder.  Add vanilla, ingredients and cereal; beat well; fold in chopped nuts.
  2. Pour batter into greased 8 1/2×4 1/2 x 2 1/2-inch loaf pan; spread batter into corners.  Bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 45 to 50 minutes.  Leave in pan 10 minutes; loosen sides with knife; turn onto wire rack to cool.  Wrap in foil or plastic wrap; store in cool place or freeze.  Let stand overnight before slicing, or bread will crumble.


Recipe reprinted with permission from the Junior League of Tampa, Inc.’s Tampa Treasures (Tampa, Fl., 1992).