Festive fruit and nut loaf 

Festive fruit and nut loaf


Preparation:75 min
Ready in:75 min


For loaf

0.08 cupsbutter room temperature
0.06 cupssugar
¼ teaspoonsvanilla extract
⅛ teaspoonsGingerbread spice see Tips
¼ teaspoonsBaking powder
⅓ cupsAll purpose flour
0.08 cupsmilk
⅙ cupsCandied fruit (orange, lemon, cherries)
0.08 cupsraisin
0.31 cupsNut roughly chopped (e. g. peanuts, almonds)
butter for the loaf tin
flour for the loaf tin
0.06 cupsCandied cherry
½ tablespoonshoney
½ tablespoonsRum


1 Heat the oven to 180°C (160°C in a fan oven), 350°F, gas 4.
2 Beat the butter until creamy. Alternately add the sugar, vanilla extract and the eggs. Then add a pinch of salt and the gingerbread spice.
3 Mix together the baking powder with the flour and the milk and gradually but quickly stir it in to the first mixture to form a smooth, pliable dough. Stir in the candied fruit (set aside 1 tbsp orange peel), raisins and 150 g nuts.
4 Pour the mixture into a greased and floured loaf tin and sprinkle with the remaining nuts. Bake for approx. 45 minutes and test with a wooden stick to see if it is done. Remove from the oven, leave to cool slightly, then remove from the tin and place on a wire rack.
5 Arrange the remaining orange peel and the glace cherries on top of the cake. Heat the honey and the rum and generously brush the mixture over the cake. Leave to cool before serving.


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