Fast and Fabulous Fruit Loaf

This is a fabulously fruity and amazingly easy fruit loaf. It’s a great recipe to make with children. I made this with mine when they were not much more than 18 months old. Once they can stand on a chair, they can help to choose the proportions of the dried fruit and put handfuls onto the weighing scales.

For this recipe you will need a food processor and a 1lb loaf tin (lined with silicone paper or a loaf tin liner).

Recipe: Fast and Fabulous Fruit Loaf


  • 7oz / 200g self-raising flour
  • 4oz / 110g dairy-free spread, softened
  • 2 tbsps orange juice / water / soya milk
  • grated zest of 1 orange
  • 6oz / 175g mixed dried fruit
  • 5oz / 150g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs


  1. Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 4 / 350C / 180C
  2. Put the flour, sugar, spread and eggs in the food processor.
  3. Whizz for 5 seconds.
  4. Add the orange juice / water / soya milk.
  5. Whizz for 3 – 5 seconds.
  6. Add the dried fruit.
  7. Pulse to blend the fruit evenly.
  8. Pour the mixture into the loaf tin.
  9. Bake for about 1 hour. I check it after 55 minutes by gently pressing the top of the cake with my fingertips. If it is golden and springs back well, it’s done. It may need 5 – 10 minutes longer.
  10. Turn out the cake onto a cooling rack.

Quick Notes

The dried fruit can be a mixture of all your favourites, as long as it adds up to the right total. I chop fruit into the scales until I have the right amount. I use a mixture of sultanas, dates, apricots, cranberries and prunes and sometimes I vary this with glacé cherries or glacé ginger.

Preparation time (duration): 10 minutes

Cooking time (duration): 55 minutes – 65 minutes

Diet type: Dairy-free

Number of servings (yield): 12

Meal type: dessert

Culinary tradition: English

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