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June 2010

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St. Lucia Fruit Bread

If You Can’t Bake & Mail A Fruit Bread, Send A Gift Of Banana Bread, Blueberry Bread, Pumpkin Bread & More


CAPSULE REPORT: Did you know that banana bread, zucchini bread and all other cake-like breads are called “fruit breads?” America loves a good fruit bread; and St. Lucia Breads serves it up—along with blueberry bread, cranberry bread, pumpkin bread and more—in beautiful gift tins.



For some 20 years, St. Lucia Bread Company, an artisan bakery in Dallas, has been turning out all-natural, fresh bread and related products for an appreciative audience. If you’re in the neighborhood, you can stop in for hand-kneaded rye, sourdough, wheat, white and multigrain loaves. You can also buy fruit breads—banana bread, blueberry bread and other loaves that cross the border into cake territory. They’re more dense than raisin bread and more moist than date nut bread. You can use them for sandwich bread—just don’t put cold cuts and mayo on banana bread—although cream cheese or nutted cream cheese works just fine on them.

The fruit breads travel well and have a longer shelf life than a regular loaf. So, in handsome red, white and blue gift tins, St. Lucia has been shipping a “Little Taste of Texas” to anyone, anywhere, who’s in need of a moist slice of breakfast bread.

The bakery’s namesake, Saint Lucia, is said to have traveled from house to house delivering sweet breads to usher in the Christmas season. She wore a flowing white robe and a wreath of candles to light her path. (You’re more likely to see a UPS employee in brown logowear.)

Fruit Bread & Chocolate Bread

The spiced breads use fresh fruit instead of processed, whenever possible (yes to fresh banana, but dried cranberries work better in baked goods). There are no artificial ingredients, flavorings or preservatives.

  • Apple Cinnamon Bread (with or
    without walnuts)
  • Banana Bread (with or without
  • Berry Blueberry Bread (with or
    without walnuts)
  • Chocolate Chunk Bread
  • Cranberry Bread
  • Pear Bread With Walnuts
  • Pumpkin Bread
  • Seasonal specialties
Loaves can be kept in the freezer; slice and enjoy at will.

Bread-Of-The-Month Club

For lucky gift recipients, there’s a bread-of-the-month club, with a different fruit bread arriving at one’s doorstep. The first loaf is packed in the gift tin, with refill loaves sent for as many months as you like. For someone special—or as a corporate gift—this gift will generate many thank-you’s.

By the way, while they say it’s better to give than receive, there’s no law saying you can’t put yourself on the list, too. Just say “Yes” and sign up today!

Fruit Breads

  • Loaf In Gift Tin
    1 Pound, 6-8 Ounces
  • Bread-Of-The-Month-Club


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