Boiled Fruit Loaf

This is my grandmother’s recipe, from World War Two, when dried fruit was scarce. You can also add apple sauce, various spices and orange or lemon juice, if you like.


  • 2-1/2 cup flour

  • 3/4 cup butter

  • 3/4 cup sugar

  • 1-1/2 cup dried fruit of choice

  • 1-1/2 cup water

  • 1 tsp. baking powder

  • 1 tsp. bi-carbonate of soda

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • Extra liquid of choice, if needed


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Boil fruit in the water, until half of the liquid is absorbed.
  • Meanwhile, sieve the baking powder and flour into a large mixing bowl.
    Rub in the butter until mix resembles fine bread crumbs.
    Add the sugar.
  • Add the bi-carbonate of soda to the hot fruit mix. (It will fizz up) and add into the mixing bowl. Mix well.
  • Add the egg, mix well. If the mix is a little dry, add a drop of milk or fruit juice.
  • Put mix in a 9″ greased and lined loaf tin.
  • Bake for 1-1/4 hours (at 350°F) or until a skewer comes out clean.

Recipe donated by Montreal-Lakeshore Rotarian, Maureen Cantrill

Absolutely delicious ! Serve with Tea and a piece of Cheshire cheese