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Golden Egg Bread with Dried Fruit: A Bread Machine Recipe

Preview: This Golden Egg Bread with Dried Fruit is a bread machine recipe with a light texture that works well for bread pudding and ham sandwiches.

Fresh-baked bread is aromatherapy for me–right up there with fresh-cut grass. Do you agree? Wonder if you can buy the smell of bread baking as a room fragrance or scented candle–like new car smell or cinnamon apple pie.

Now that I think about it, I’ve never seen such a candle. Bake this dried fruit bread for an unforgettable breakfast that smells and tastes way better than any candle.

Mix this bread with a stand mixer or by hand, if preferred. See the recipe notes for details.

Dried Fruit bread from a bread machine

This fruit bread recipe is excellent for eating out of hand on the first day. Use it for bread pudding or toast on day two and three, if it lasts that long. It is not a chewy or rustic style bread but soft and somewhat sweet with a tender crumb.

ham sandwich with dried fruit bread
I love eating this bread as part of a sandwich. Good with turkey or ham and Durkee’s Famous Sauce.
ham salad on cranberry bread
Bread machine egg bread can transform chicken salad or ham salad into a special treat suitable for a brunch, luncheon or shower.
Dried Cranberry-Cherry Butter Bread Pudding on a spoon
Dried fruit bread is similar to bread machine challah or bread machine brioche in that it makes wonderful French Toast or bread pudding as seen below.


You could make this bread without it, but dried fruit takes it from the blue ribbon category to grand champion-purple-ribbon status.  Below, you can see it with dried cranberries.  In the top picture, I used dried cherries.  Try raisins, currants, dates, or dried blueberries?.

Bread maker tip:

Adding fruit at the end of the kneading process preserves the integrity of the fruit. Observe the whole fruit pieces and a lighter color as seen in the picture below.  Many bread machines have a unique signal to let you know when to add fragile ingredients.

Bread Machine Dried Fruit Bread from the bread maker pan to the oven

how to form bread for loaf pan

If you enjoy fruity yeast bread

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slices of golden egg and dried fruit bread

Golden Egg and Dried Fruit Bread Machine Recipe

Golden Egg Bread with Dried Fruit has a light texture that works well for bread pudding, sandwiches, and eating out of hand.
Paula Rhodes
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Mix and Rise Time 3 hrs 15 mins
Total Time 4 hrs 30 mins
Course Bread
Servings 12 slices


  • ¾ cup water - 170 gr
  • 2 large eggs - 50 gr
  • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil - 75 gr
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar - 50 gr
  • 1 ½ teaspoons table or sea salt - 9 gr
  • cup dried cranberries, dried cherries, or raisins - 99 gr
  • 3 cups unbleached bread flour - 360 gr
  • 2 teaspoons instant or bread machine yeast - 6 gr


  • Place ingredients in bread machine pan in order given. Select the DOUGH cycle and press START. (If desired, add the fruit at the end of the kneading cycle–see discussion above.)
  • Check the dough at least twice during the mixing and kneading phase by lifting the lid to take a peek. The first time, look immediately after the machine starts mixing to ensure the paddles are engaged correctly. 
    Look again 15 minutes into the DOUGH cycle to assess the consistency of the dough. For most recipes, the dough should stick to the side, then pull away cleanly.
    If your dough is too wet, add flour one tablespoon at a time.
    Conversely, if the dough is too dry, add one tablespoon of liquid at a time until the dough looks just right. Read more about this surprising secret to success with a bread machine here.
  • When the DOUGH cycle is finished, if the dough has doubled in size, remove it from the pan to a floured surface. If the dough has not risen enough, leave it in the machine until it does before proceeding.
  • Remove the dough from the bread maker pan and roll it into a rectangle shape with the shortest side slightly longer than your pan. Starting with the long side, use your hands to roll the dough into a cylinder shape. Tuck ends under and carefully place the roll in a 9 x 4-inch loaf pan. It should fill the pan about halfway.
  • Cover loosely with a clean towel and allow to rise in a warm place until almost double. (May take as long as an hour or more.)
  • Preheat oven to 350˚F. Bake until cooked through and the crust is golden brown–approx 45 minutes. If necessary, cover with aluminum foil during the last third of the cooking time to protect the loaf from over-browning. The internal temperature should reach 190˚F when it is done.
  • Let the baked loaf cool in the pan on the counter for 15 minutes. Turn out onto a cooling rack.



Serving: 1gCalories: 227kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 5gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 304mgPotassium: 63mgFiber: 2gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 40IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 11mgIron: 1mg
Keyword bread machine recipe, egg bread recipe with dried cranberries, yeast bread with cranberries
Cuisine American
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Monday 15th of April 2019

My initial batter was really really watery.... any idea why??


Monday 15th of April 2019

Is it possible you forgot to add all the flour or perhaps mismeasured the liquid or oil?


Thursday 20th of March 2014

Did you ever hear of adding baking powder to bread dough to make it rise higher and lighter?


Tuesday 7th of January 2014

I made this bread and it came out perfect the first time, it makes great French toast too, I used eggnog and an egg as the base, cinnamon. I lost s similar recipe years ago and I finally found it. I added 1/4 cup of Old English diced fruit and peel mixed fruit and golden raisins, the colored specs of fruit were a nice added colorful touch. This diced fruit you can get normally around the holidays, I hope you can get it year round. Thanks for this wonderful recipe to add to my collection


Monday 10th of December 2012

I made this bread yesterday and LOVED it! Thanks for putting this recipe up!


Tuesday 25th of May 2010

this is looks so yummy I'll have to try try this recipe addition of dried fruit :)