'Lighter Fruit Loaf'
For me, there is no smell better than that of a fruit cake cooking. This loaf combines the traditional flavours of a festive fruit cake with some healthy alterations! All the sweetness comes from fruit with no other sugar added to the recipe, a slightly healthier spin on a festive favourite!
Time: 1hr 45Mins (Plus time for soaking the fruit) Serves: 10
- Heat the oven to 180 degrees C. Grease and line a loaf tin.
- Brew the tea then pour over the dried fruit and chopped dates. Leave to soak for at least an hour.
- Whisk the bananas with the eggs to make a smooth mixture.
- Add the flour, baking powder, nutmeg and mixed spice to the egg mixture as whisk again until everything is combined.
- Pour the fruit with the tea into the flour and egg mixture and mix well.
- Pour the cake mixture into the lined loaf tin then cover with baking parchment.
- Place in the over and bake for 1 hour 15 minutes then remove the baking parchment and bake for a further 15 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before lifting onto a cooling rack.
- Once cooled, store in an air tight container.
- 260g Mixed dried fruit (raisins, sultanas, currants work well)
- 55g Dried dates (roughly chopped)
- 200ml Strong tea
- 2 Very ripe bananas
- 2 Medium free range eggs
- 250g White spelt flour
- 2tsp Baking powder
- 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
- 1 tsp mixed spice