O.K., it is actually mincemeat tea bread. Wait! Don't stop reading. I have a way of knowing if you do and so does Santa!! I have it on good authority that he loves mincemeat and has been known to put people, who don't at least give it a try, on his naughty list. I would have ended up on the naughty list every year of my childhood. Mincemeat never touched my lips. The very name caused a shudder.
As a newly wed out to establish a style of Christmas from the kitchen, I wanted to branch out a bit from the tried and true (tried by my mother and grandmother). I clipped a recipe from the newspaper or a magazine for mincemeat hermits. A soft, cake-like cookie was the result. It was delicious and aged well. Alas, that recipe has been lost. I replaced it with other sweet treats. Then, about a decade ago, a friend served this mincemeat sweet bread at her Christmas tea. She had a beribboned packet of recipes for all the food and sweets served at the tea for each guest to take home. Isn't that a great idea!!
This bread is best tightly wrapped and "aged" for a few days before serving. It freezes well.
Mincemeat Tea Bread
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 large egg
1/4 cup canola oil
1 Tbsp grated orange zest
2 Tbsp orange juice
2 cups mincemeat
350 degree oven
1. Grease a 9x5x3 inch loaf pan.
2. In a large bowl, sift the dry ingredients and stir together. In a mixer bowl, stir the egg, oil, zest and juice together. Add the mincemeat and stir together well. Gradually add the dry ingredients and mix until well moistened. Do not over mix. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for about 55-60 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. The top of the loaf should be golden brown.
3. Cool in pan for five minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely before slicing or freezing.