Fruit & Nut Loaf

In Truman Capote’s short story, A Christmas Memory, a boy and his cousin set out on a four-day adventure to make fruitcakes. It is the most charming story of friendship and tradition, and I like to read it every year (by the fire, with a glass of wine of course).

We wanted to create something reminiscent of a fruit cake in honor of A Christmas Memory, without it BEING a fruitcake. Personally, I like fruit cake… our mother makes a plum pudding every year and I think it’s a treat. BUT this loaf is much more of a crowd-pleaser, as it only uses cherries and cranberries, and there is chocolate 😉

What I love most about this bread is the exterior texture. It’s crunchy, similar to the best part of a muffin – the top! Enjoy 🙂


  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 2 cups chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup dried cherries


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 9×5 inch loaf pan with parchment paper
  • In a bowl, beat together the eggs and sugar until it is thick and pale
  • In another large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the walnuts, cherries, cranberries and chocolate chips and stir until coated
  • Mix in the egg mixture, stirring until well combined
  • Spoon the batter into your loaf pan and bake for about an hour and fifteen minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean

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