Makes: 10 slices
Time to prepare: 20mins, plus 30mins cooling
Time to cook: approx 1hr 10mins
Cals per slice: 340
300g (10oz) mixed dried fruit
150g (5oz) light muscovado sugar
150g (5oz) butter
200ml (7fl oz) cold strong tea
50ml (2fl oz) fresh orange juice
275g (10oz) self-raising flour
10ml (2tsp) mixed spice
Place the dried fruit, sugar, butter, tea and orange juice in a large pan and heat gently until the butter has melted and the sugar dissolved. Leave to cool for 30 mins.
Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4. Grease and line the base and sides of a 900g (2lb) loaf tin with greaseproof paper.
Sift the flour, mixed spice and a pinch of salt over the fruit mixture and mix thoroughly. Spoon into the lined tin.
Bake for 1hr 5 mins – 1 hr 10 mins until golden brown and a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin. Serve sliced and