About this recipe:This recipe has been passed down through eight generations of my family. It came to me on my 16th birthday as a gift of heritage and wisdom from my grandmother and I have enjoyed baking this recipe once a week for the past 5 years. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. This is a really nice moist tea loaf and can be served hot or cold. Originally the recipe made 23 loaves but my grandmother and me have managed to work it for three.
950g (2 lb) self raising flour
450g (1 lb) caster sugar
450g (1 lb) margarine
450g (1 lb) mixed fruit
225g (8 oz) mixed peel
4 large eggs
2 tsp mixed spice
1/2 bottle Camp Coffee
200 - 400ml milk
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Method Prep:1hr › Cook:3hr › Ready in:4hr
Preheat the oven to 140 C / Gas mark 1. Line three loaf tins with greaseproof paper.
In a large bowl, combine the flour and margarine and rub together until they resemble fine breadcrumbs. Add the fruit, mixed spice and sugar to the bowl and mix well.
In a measuring jug, combine the 4 eggs and camp coffee and beat well, then add the milk till the entire mixture measures 600ml (1 pint).
Add the milk mixture to the dry ingredients a little at a time until the batter is smooth. Stir a wish into the mixture while you're at it!
Divide the mixture equally between the prepared tins. Bake in the centre of the oven for 3.5 to 4 hours until the top feels firm. Insert a knife into the centre; if the blade comes out clean it is ready.
Leave in the tin until cooled as the loaves tend to break if you remove them warm. When cooled, enjoy with butter or cheese or just on its own. It is best enjoyed served with afternoon tea or coffee.
Made this today and just had a warm slice with butter and chedder cheese, many thanks it made three of the larger loaf tins and i did have to use a standard oven so the tops were slightly overdone, i will adjust this next time, it is not the recipie it is my oven at fault. Flavour wise this is spot on and reminds me of the loaves my grandmother used to make! - 17 Dec 2011
i made this loaf yesterday i needed an extra large bowl.and it made 4 1lb loaf's not 3 and cooked in 2-3 hrs used calor gas which i think cooks quicker and hoter .very easy to make and tastes great toooooooooo - 29 Sep 2011