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Cardamom Tea Bread

A cross between pound cake and fruitcake, this bread is especially nice for folks who dislike the heaviness of regular fruitcake. My family enjoys thick slices for breakfast on Christmas morning.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 65 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1 loaf


  • 1/2 cup finely chopped mixed candied fruit
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom


  • Combine candied fruit and 1 tablespoon flour in a small bowl; set aside. In a large bowl, cream the butter, shortening and sugar for 1 minute. Add the eggs, milk, orange juice, baking powder, salt, cardamom and remaining flour. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds; beat on high for 3 minutes. Stir in fruit.
  • Pour into a greased and floured 9x5-in. loaf pan. Bake at 350° for 65-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.

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