This is like a boiled fruit cake; very quick to make and keeps well for a week.



  1. Line a 1 lb loaf tin with baking parchment (or a 2 lb tin if you want a flatter loaf). Preheat oven to Gas Mark 5 350F or 180C.
  2. Place butter, milk, dried fruit and sugar into a pan.
  3. Bring to boil gently. Simmer for five minutes stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove from heat and allow to cool for about ten minutes.
  5. Add sieved flour, spice and beaten egg.
  6. Mix gently.
  7. Spoon mixture into the loaf tin and bake for up to one hour (a little less if using a 2 1b loaf tin). You can test with a skewer to make sure it is cooked in the middle.
  8. Leave to cool for five minutes in the tin then turn out onto a wire tray.

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