Thursday, 7 July 2011

Fabulous Fruit Loaf


I'm so happy to share this recipe with you as it's one of my all time favourites.  I love this fruit loaf as it's so easy to make, always turns out perfect and tastes absolutely delicious.  The outside has a nice crunchy crust whilst the inside is soft, sweet and fruity, ummmm! 

You'll get about 15 slices from the loaf which will last for about a week in an airtight container or can be frozen if you want to keep it for longer.  It tastes great at breakfast, toasted with a sliver of creamy butter and a dollop of jam or how about at teatime with a steaming hot cup of Earl Grey...fabulous!




Fabulous Fruit Loaf

Ingredients

500g dried mixed fruit
250g caster sugar
375ml Earl Grey tea, cooled
1 large egg
500g self raising flour, sifted
400ml milk
1tsp mixed spice
1tsp cinnamon

Place the mixed fruit in a bowl with the caster sugar and mix. Pour over the cold tea, stir well and cover. Leave overnight if you can or at least for an hour to plump up the fruit.

Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4 and line a loaf tin with baking paper. Drain any excess moisture from the fruit, but leave it slightly ‘wet’ and beat in the egg.

Add about a quarter of the flour and 100ml of the milk to the fruit mixture, beat and repeat until all the flour and milk has been added. Add the mixed spice and cinnamon and stir until well combined.

Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake in the oven for 1 hour so it’s firm to the touch and an inserted skewer comes out clean.

Carefully transfer the loaf to a wire rack and allow to cool completely.

Belle's Top Tip
Why not use the fruit loaf slices for your favourite desserts instead of plain bread, like in bread and butter pudding!