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Traditional Tastes: Mum’s Bran Loaf

This is a treasured recipe in my family. Use whatever dried fruit or nuts you like –  it’s healthy, contains no fat or eggs yet is high in fibre.

Serves 10-12
Preparation 10 minutes plus 10 minutes soaking
Cooking 35 – 40 minutes

1 cup (60g) bran cereal e.g. All Bran
1 cup (250mls) low-fat milk
1 cup (150g) self-raising flour
1/2 cup (110g) brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1 level teaspoon bicarbonate soda
1 cup (140g) chopped, pitted dates/walnuts/sultanas/raisins/mixed fruit
1/2 cup (180g) treacle or golden syrup
caramelised walnuts, to serve (optional)

Preheat oven to 180’C (160’C fan-forced).  Grease a 13cm x 20cm loaf tin  or line with baking paper.
Soak bran in milk In a large bowl for 10 – 15 minutes. (Alternatively warm briefly in the microwave to speed this up.) Add the remaining ingredients and mix well with a wooden spoon.
Pour into prepared tin and bake in the lower half of the oven for 35 –  40 minutes or until brown on top. Test with a skewer. (If the top browns too much before this, cover with foil).
Cool, then top with caramelised walnuts, slice and butter if desired. Store in an airtight container, at room temperature for up to 3 days (if it lasts that long!).


Written by Lyndey Milan

Lyndey Milan, OAM, Australian home cook hero, combines a thirst for life and a sense of fun with a love of good food and sparkling shiraz.

A familiar face on television and in print, she has been instrumental in changing the way Australians think and feel about food and wine for thirty years.

Hospitality of the table is her catchphrase, as evidenced by her numerous television appearances, nine best-selling books and countless culinary appearances over the years as she maintains her position at the forefront of Australian cuisine. Since 2011 Lyndey has hosted seven television series including Lyndey Milan’s Taste of Australia currently on 7TWO on Sundays at 1.30pm. The accompanying book won BEST TV Chef Cookbook in the World in English & Best Culinary Travel book in Australia in The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2015. In the Best of the Best judged at the Frankfurt Book Fair she came 3rd overall in the last 20 years!

Fresh with Lyndey Milan can be heard on 2UE 954’s Lunchtime Lowdown from 2 – 3pm every Thursday.

In 2014 Lyndey was awarded an OAM in the Australia Day Honours List for services to hospitality, the food and wine industry and the community and in 2012 was made Vittoria Legend in the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide Awards.

She is also the Food editor of


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