Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Apple Jamaica Cranberry Bread (Roselle Hibiscus)

This is going to be my new Christmas Bread. It's light and crunchy and tart. The Jamaica of this bread is from the Roselle Fruit that I used instead of Cranberries. The flavor is remarkably similar.

If you are a southern gardener don't miss out on growing this very rewarding fruit. It will supply you with a bountiful harvest with endless uses like Tea, jam, relish, salad's, sauces and baked goods.

Makes 1 loaf


1/4 cup organic sunflower oil
1 cup sugar or substitute with Organic Coconut Palm Sugar
2 eggs
1 cup whole milk greek yogurt
2 tsp grated orange rind
3 cups organic unbleached all purpose flour
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp fresh grated cinnamon
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 1/2 cups peeled and chopped organic apples
1 1/2 cups fresh chopped roselle or organic fresh cranberries
1/2 cup plump golden raisins (optional)
1/2 cup crushed walnuts, pecans or sunflower seeds (optional)


Cream oil and sugar until light. Beat in eggs, yogurt and orange peel. Whisk together flour, baking powder, soda and salt in a separate bowl. Add to creamed mixture and mix. Fold in fruit and nuts. Grease a loaf pan very well for baking. Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour. Test by inserting a toothpick. Cool in pan for 15 minutes and then turn onto a wire rack.

Happy Gardening!!


  1. Hi Pammy! This sounds absolutely wonderful! I have never heard of Roselle Fruit... but of course I'm a definite Northern gardener, which may explain why! Is the photograph of Roselle??? I may try this with cranberries, as you suggested!

  2. Hi Laura, yes it is a photo of one of the heirloom Roselle branches. This has been my first year to grow it and it has been so much fun. Now with what I didn't harvest I must go collect for seed for next year. Our work is never done!!

  3. and yest this is the fruit I was wondering would work in your rhubarb salsa ;)