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