Soak the dried fruit in the tea for 8 to 24 hours for best results.
Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease a large 23x12cm (9x5 in) loaf tin.
In a large bowl, combine the fruit mixture with the flour and sugar. Make a well in the centre and add the melted butter and beaten egg. Add any of the optional ingredients, if using. Mix till just combined. Tip into the prepared tin.
Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour, or till a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack before slicing and serving.
really pleased with how moist and scrumptious this was, so it was quickly eaten up and am now onto a third bake. Instead of using sultanas or raisins (which can be very harmful to dogs if accidentally dropped on the floor) I used stoned dates and those worked excellentally + a drizzle of almond icing on the top helps to set it off (if you have a sweet tooth!). great recipe, thanks for sharing cheers - 09 Jul 2014