Derbyshire Fruit Loaf
Soda raised loaf made with dried fruit, nutmeg, black tea and (in most receipts) marmalade.
Original Receipt adapted from J.Salmon
1 lb mixed dried fruit
8 oz sugar
½ pint hot tea (no milk)
1 lb self-raising flour
½ teaspoon mixed spice
½ teaspoon grated nutmeg
2 tablespoons marmalade
Put the dried fruit and the sugar into a mixing bowl, add the hot tea and leave to soak overnight. Next day, set oven to 300/F or Mark 2. Grease and line a 7 inch cake tin or two 1 lb. loaf tins. Stir the egg, flour, spices and the marmalade into the fruit, sugar and tea mixture. Pour into the cake tin or the loaf tins. Bake for 1½ -2 hours until frm to the touch or until a skewer pushed into the cake comes out clean. Do not open the oven during the first hour of baking time. This cake will keep well.
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