June 09, 2006

Retro Recipe Challenge #1 - Raisin Gumdrop Bread

Raisin Gumdrop Bread isn't as bad tasting as it sounds. It is sort of like a fresh fruitcake -- without the gross chunks of huge nuts and stickiness. I used some leftover hazelnuts (chopped small) and bought a box of fresh Dots. Not the best bread I've ever had, for sure, but certainly nothing that was gross by any means.

If I were in a very retro mood, I might even make this a second time.

Raisin Gumdrop Bread
Makes 1 loaf
Cookbook Instructions: "Candy adds multicolored beauty -- do fix party sandwiches with it"
(Whatever that means. )

3 c. sifted flour
3 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
3/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. chopped nuts
1/2 c. raisins (I used golden)
1 c. cut-up colored gumdrops (Dots)
2 eggs, beaten
4 Tbsp. melted shortening
1 1/4 c. milk
1/2 tsp. almond extract

1. Sift dry ingredients into bowl, stir in nuts, raisins and gumdrops.

2. Combine eggs, shortening, milk and extract. Add to dry ingredients. Mix only until dry ingredients are moistened.

3. Bake in a paper-lined (9"x5"x3") pan in moderate oven (350 f degrees) 1 hour, or until center tests done. (I skipped lining it and used Pam with Flour for Baking spray.) Cool. Wrap and store 24 hours before slicing. Makes one loaf.

4. Wrap cooled bread, seal, label, date and freeze.