An Easy Fruit Loaf

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An Easy Fruit Loaf

fruit loaf - close up

A lovely, slicing, easy to make fruit loaf. Use any dried fruit you have. Cuts into 12 slices at 8p a slice

First published in June 2013, updated June 2021

How To Make an Easy Fruit Loaf

fruit loaf - on plate

Line a 2lb loaf tin and heat the oven

Stir all the dry ingredients together.

In a separate bowl/jug, stir the oil, milk and egg together.  Combine the two and pile into the lined loaf tin

Bake for 50-60 minutes until a skewer comes out clean

Cuts into 12 slices when cold, very difficult to cut when still warm

Flavour Variations for a Fruit Loaf

  • The dried fruit can be absolutely anything that you want to use
  • A bit of orange or lemon zest would be lovely
  • Or some of the cooked and pureed citrus peel
  • How about a tsp of cinnamon, or mixed spice, or a good dollop of vanilla paste
  • Replace some of the flour with a bran based cereal. I had some stale bran flakes for instance and used them up nicely in one of these
  • If you have any, wholemeal flour is delicious in this

 

This is from Meal Plan 1, a complete 7 day plan for 2 adults. Contains 3 meals a day, plus snacks , all recipes and a shopping list

Would you like more cake ideas?

This one uses most of a jar of jam!

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https://cheapfamilyrecipes.co.uk/carrot-cake/

 

 

A Pinterest image for an easy fruit loaf
fruit loaf - close up

Easy Fruit loaf

A lovely, slicing fruit loaf.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 50 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
Course:
Pudding
,
School Lunches
,
Snack
Cuisine:
English
Vegetarian
budget
,
budget meals
,
cheap
,
cheap family recipes
,
vegetarian
Servings: 12
Cost per portion 8p
Calories: 249kcal
Author: Thrifty Lesley
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Ingredients

  • 250 g white flour self raising / all purpose
  • 190 g raisins
  • 90 g sugar
  • 125 ml veg oil NB NOT grams
  • 50 ml milk
  • 1 egg beaten
  • pinch salt

Instructions

  • Put some oiled greaseproof paper in the bottom and long sides of a 2lb loaf tin. I use a shaped silicone liner, that I wash and use many many times
    fruit loaf - lined baking tin
  • Heat the oven to Moderately Hot / Gas Mark 6 / 400°F / 200°C / 180°C Fan
  • Put all the dry ingredients into a bowl
    fruit loaf - dry ingredients
  • Put all the wet ingredients into a jug
    fruit loaf - wet ingredients
  • Mix the dry ingredients together
    fruit loaf - dry ingredients - mixed
  • Whisk the wet ingredients together
    fruit loaf - wet ingredients, whisked
  • Tip the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix together
    fruit loaf - wet and dry ingredients together
  • Tip the mixture into the lined loaf tin
    fruit loaf - unbaked mixture in lined baking tin
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes until a skewer comes out clean. Start testing every 2or 3 minutes after 45 minutes cooking. You don't want to cook it too long or it will dry out
    fruit loaf - baked

Notes

Cuts into 12 slices when cold, very difficult to cut when still warm and yummy 

Variations

  • The dried fruit can be absolutely anything that you want to use
  • A bit of orange or lemon zest would be lovely
  • How about a tsp of cinnamon, or mixed spice, or a good dollop of vanilla paste
  • Replace some of the flour with a bran based cereal. I had some stale bran flakes for instance and used them up nicely in one of these
  • If you have any, wholemeal flour is delicious in this

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Easy Fruit loaf
Amount Per Serving
Calories 249 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 12mg1%
Potassium 164mg5%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 27IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Lesley

    I’m sure water would work fine. If I wanted something non-dairy, but not water, I would use one of the milk substitutes – e.g. almond or oat, or some coconut milk

  2. Chloe

    Hi,
    This looks so simple, I’m excited to try it. Unfortunately, I’m allergic to dairy – might I be able to use water instead of milk? Or can you recommend another alternative?

  3. Julie

    Fruit loaf is lovely so easy

  4. Lesley

    hmm, maybe cook it a for a little less time, or maybe a little more milk in the mix

  5. billy

    Hi just tried the fruit loaf,very tasty but a little dry what am i doing wrong?

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