Spicy fruit loaf

Spicy fruit loaf


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About this recipe: I made this cake when experimenting, trying to make a fruit cake like my mother's, without having the same amount of time to soak the fruit. Made in a total of around 2 hours, this cake made my flat smell amazing, with a taste to match. Juicy and dead easy to make, will be using this recipe again and again.

HoneyBzzz Greater Manchester, England, UK

Makes: 1 loaf cake

  • 335g sultanas
  • 180g glace cherries, sliced
  • 125g butter, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon golden syrup
  • 100g soft light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 60ml Jack Daniel's® or brandy
  • 115g plain flour, sifted
  • 50g self raising flour, sifted
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Prep:30min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr30min 

  1. In a heavy based medium sized saucepan, add sultanas, sliced glace cherries, butter, golden syrup, sugar, vanilla and orange extracts, and alcohol. Place over a low heat for a few minutes until all the butter has melted and the ingredients are well incorporated. Remove from the heat and leave to cool completely.
  2. Once fruit mixture has cooled, preheat oven to 150 to 160 C / Gas 2 to 3. Line the base and sides of a 1 lb loaf tin, leaving some parchment over the edges for easy removal later.
  3. Place fruit mixture in a large bowl and gradually add the sifted flours and beaten eggs, alternating between each, mixing well with each addition and ending with the flour. Lastly, add the spices and the milk and stir until incorporated. Pour mixture into the prepared tin.
  4. Bake in the oven for around 1 hour, or until a skewer comes out clean.
  5. Remove from the oven, place on a cooling rack and wrap the tin with foil. Keep covered with foil until cooled and then store in an airtight container. Enjoy for up to 3 days.

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- 01 Apr 2013

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