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Fruit bread recipe – this is an easy, light and healthy fruit bread recipe. This fruit bread is an eggless bread Made with whole wheat flour in a larger proportion. I have used candied orange peels, tutti frutti, glazed cherries to make this bread.

You can make this fruit bread more rich in nutrition by adding chopped dry fruits or nuts or seeds like Sunflower, sesame, pumpkin or even ground flax meal.

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fruit bread

eggless fruit bread recipe

Fruit bread or fruit buns Would be always brought my me when visiting any bakery or super store. I would give a miss to the cakes and cookies, but not fruit bread. Its not only fruit bread I would buy…. I would bring a whole basket of loafs, artisan breads…

So now whenever I go to any super mall or store or bakery, I avoid looking in the bread section. Even though I make breads at home now, I have to pick up some loaf or Focaccia or buns with me 🙂

fruit bread recipe

The fruit loaf is easy to make and goes well with tea or coffee. Some butter can also be applied on the bread and they taste great this way. We just have them plain as thats how we like these sweet bread slices.

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fruit bread

5 from 9 votes
Fruit bread recipe - light & healthy fruit bread. Eggless as well as dairy free recipe.
fruit bread
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:3 hrs
Cook Time:45 mins
Total Time:3 hrs 45 mins
Servings (change the number to scale):1 loaf
(1 CUP = 250 ML)


  • 2.5 cups whole wheat flour (atta) or organic whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup all purpose flour (maida) or organic all purpose flour
  • 5 tablespoon regular sugar or organic unrefined cane sugar
  • ½ tablespoon dry active yeast or 1 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 2 tablespoon custard powder or corn starch (corn flour)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoon tutti frutti
  • 2.5 tablespoon candied orange peels - chopped
  • 3 to 4 glazed cherries - chopped
  • 4 tablespoon vegetable oil or unsalted butter at room temperature. (i used sunflower oil)


  • Warm the water.
  • Add a pinch of sugar in the water and stir.
  • Mix in the dry active yeast.
  • Keep in warm place for the yeast to froth for 10 minutes.
  • In another bowl, mix both the flours with salt, sugar, tutti frutti, cherries and candied orange peels, custard powder/corn starch.
  • Add the yeast mixture, oil and knead to a smooth dough.
  • Add more water if the dough looks dry.
  • Grease the whole dough with some oil so that it does not dry out.
  • Keep in the same bowl.
  • Cover the bowl with a cling film or kitchen towel and let the dough rise for 2 to 21/2 hours.
  • Punch the dough and knead lightly after 2 or 21/2 hours.
  • Grease or line a 9 x 4 inch loaf pan.
  • Shape the dough into a loaf.
  • Cover and keep for some 35-45 minutes load till the loaf has risen again.
  • Before baking preheat the oven to 180 degrees c/356 degrees f.
  • Bake for 45-50 mins.
  • Remove when still hot and keep the loaf on a wired tray or stand.
  • Serve warm or when cooled.
  • These fruit bread slices go well with some tea or coffee.
  • You can even apply some butter (vegan or dairy) and have them.
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Dassana Amit

Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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59 comments/reviews

  1. Just tried the recipe, Waiting to put the dough in the oven…it looked simple and yummy. My dough hardly rose though….is there any particular reason why it wouldn’t have risen. I followed the recipe exactly as given

    • it could be due to the quality of yeast or the yeast has not proofed well. less warm water won’t activate the yeast and hot water will kill them. these could be the reasons. hope this helps.

  2. I have 8*4 inch loaf pan.. what are the measurements then ? Should i Half everything?

    • you can use this loaf pan. no need to half the recipe.

  3. Good recipe. Instead of candied orange peel n tutti fruti i added candied lemon peel and raisins. Came out good.

    • thanks supreeta for sharing this info.

  4. Dear Dassana,
    Gave your recipe a try but substituted raisins and cut dates instead of tutti fruitti. Followed recipe to the dot except that I soaked my raisins in warm water and plumped them before incorporating in dough. Also after greasing pan, I dusted off pan sides and bottom with cinnamon sugar
    About 25 mins into baking, I sprinkled more cinnamon sugar on the bread crust as well. Totally took 35 mins baking time -the raisin bread turned out delicious. I can’t wait to try the authentic raisin bread (the one with the swirl) – Have you tried that, could you please post a receipe for that sometime
    Thanks for the amazing blog that you have here 🙂5 stars

    • thats a nice variation savitha. i actually feel like baking the loaf with raisins dates ????

      i have not yet tried the swirl bread, though i have had both chocolate and raisins swirl bread in a cafe and i did like them. i will try to add the recipe.

      thanks savitha and welcome.

  5. Hi Dassana, This is such an awesome recipe ! I plan to make it this weekend. One question I have is …can
    I substitute instant yeast for dry yeast and if do.. How many tsps should I use ?

    • radhika, you can use instant yeast. add 1 teaspoon instant yeast.

  6. Dear dassana….I bake many of ur wheat cake v should not over mix….n bread should v knead well…wat about gluten formation….bit confused5 stars

    • yes that true shubha. gluten strands are required in bread dough. thats why they should be kneaded well. in cakes gluten formation is not required. if gluten starts developing in a cake batter, then the cake texture becomes doughy and dense. i hope now the confusion is solved.

      • Thank you dear for solving my doubt…. Yesterday I baked ur fruit bread…I baked plain….it was good…thank you for the recipe….5 stars

        • welcome shubha and also thanks for the feedback on fruit bread time. next time try with some dry fruits and tutti frutti. the bread taste very good.

  7. Hi,
    I am a regular visitor of your blog and have tried some of your recipes. Thanks for giving delicious recipes with simple, basic ingredients. Can you please tell me if this bread can be made using whole wheat flour alone without maida or cornstarch?

    • with only whole wheat flour, the loaves turn out dense. so you can add some acidic agent which helps in softening the texture like buttermilk, lemon juice, curd or vinegar. for all the whole wheat bakes i make at home, i add either vinegar or lemon juice. in this recipe you can add 1 tablespoon of either lemon juice or vinegar. then you can skip both maida and corn starch. add the lemon juice when you add oil and then knead the dough.

  8. Very tasty

  9. Its looks great.But I have one doubt before trying it out,can we use refined oil in place of vegetable oil

    • yes you can.

  10. Hi! I’m a big fan of all ur recipes! 🙂 Planning to try this one. We live out of India and I miss eating this. One quick question, I have a convection oven so will the temperature and the baking time still be the same? Like 45 mins? Thanks in advance. 🙂5 stars

    • thanks ranjini. in a convection usually the baking temp is reduced to from 15 to 20 degrees celsius. if you do not reduce the baking temperature, then the time taken for baking will be less. so either you reduce the baking temp or reduce the time. even if you reduce the time, its better to keep a check on the cake. as baking occurs quickly in a convection oven.

  11. Hi,

    My bread tastes a bit bitter. I did not use the Orange peel and instead of tooti frooti, I added chopped raisins & dried apricot. Can you guess the reason for bitterness pls?

    • ruchi, could be because of dried apricot.

  12. It is very interresting.

  13. Hi i am planning on baking bread it will be my first time, just two questions why do you put custard powder/cornstarch? do we get tutti frutti in stores?

    • corn starch is used as an egg substitute in baking. so is custard powder as custard powder is also basically flavored corn starch. yes you should be able to get tutti frutti in stores. i get these easily in local stores or local mithai shops.

  14. Hello, this bread looks great and I am going to try it soon. Just one question, can you please advise the amount of instant yeast for this recipe? Thanks

    • its 1 tsp instant yeast.

      • Thank you 🙂

  15. I never tried this5 stars

  16. Hi
    Can we replace water with milk in the recipe?

    • divya, yes you can.

  17. Ok

    • welcome divya

  18. Hi,
    Can this recipe be made using a bread maker?
    If yes is there an order which should be followed?
    My machine instruction says to put it the liquid ingredients first?

    • you can easily make bread in a bread machine. i suppose this recipe will also work. i have never used bread machine, so am unable to help you. you can google and check if there are any instructions or steps on how to make bread in a bread machine.

  19. Thank you this came out so well and my husband appreciated the perfect txeture n flavors..m5 stars

    • welcome kalpana. good to know.

  20. Hi dassana
    Can I just use all purpose flour
    Instead of wheat flour??

    • yes you can richa.

  21. hi dassana,
    today i prepared. bt i used normal sugar. taste little sugary. and co laps in the middle of bread.
    still the day i never get any bread in dome shape. it always colaps in middle. will u tell me why?
    wtg for u r reply. thank u

    • hi seema. usually when the bread is over leavened it collapses. another reason would be the oven temperature. for how long you preheat the oven. at least preheat for 20 mins. you can increase the oven temperature a bit and try baking bread.

  22. What is “tuttifrutti”? Thk u for the eggless version of my favorite Christmas bread!

    • tutti fruttiy that we call in india are colored sweetened papaya peel bits.

  23. hi, instead of candid orange peel can we use regular grated orange rind or lemon rind?

    • candied orange peels taste too good in the fruit bread. you can try adding some orange or lemon rind. however they will give a lemony or orange flavor tones in the bread.

  24. hi, nice receipe ; i want to ask that can we avoid candid orange peel ?

    • hi, nice receipe; i want to ask that can we avoid candid orange peel?

      • the candied orange peels give a slight bitter sweet tones in the fruit bread. you can avoid them if you don’t have them.

  25. Hi Dassana,

    thanks for sharing this beautiful and tasty recipe. i have tried this and came out well but while cutting the bread breaks off. the upper layer of bread becomes very hard so when i cut into slices it cracks and breaks off, though the inside is moist.

    dont know what went wrong 🙁 can you suggest pls?


    • hi sneha, there are some reasons where the crust hardens. it can be the temperature inside the oven or over baking. also possible if there is under gluten formation in the bread. which means the bread has not been kneaded well. next time when you make any bread, stretch the bread after kneading. if it has elasticity…. which means it does not break while stretching…. this means that the bread is kneaded well.

  26. I made this did not come out like yours but it is nice, thank you

    • welcome maria. may be something wrong with the yeast proofing

  27. Beautiful loaf and lovely clicks Dassana!

  28. My favorite ever! Beautifully made and clicked 🙂

  29. nicely done bread..even my shopping is incomplete with out a artisan bread..i love fruit buns

  30. i love the fruit dotted look. i have some tutti fruiti stashed away in the fridge. need to put i it to some use soon!

  31. lovely bread, like the fact that its so healthy with whole wheat flour. happy easter.

  32. Perfect cake for tea time. Also love the colorful tutti fruity!!!
    As always great shots too!!