This is the sort of sturdy loaf cake that could fuel you and the kids up a mountain or - worse - through the most challenging of homeschooling mornings. It contains no refined sugar (unless you decide to add the marmalade) but is crammed with dried fruit so it's very sweet. Our middle one rejected it as being 'too Christmassy', before tucking into a massive slice. It's dairy-free too.
- 350g raisins
- 100g dates, chopped into pieces
- 100g dried apricots, chopped into pieces
- 350ml orange juice
- 125g plain flour
- 100g wholemeal flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 50g ground almonds
- 1 tablespoon marmalade (optional)
- 1 tsp mixed spice
1. Pre-heat the oven to 170c/gas 3. Line a loaf tin.
2. Put the dates, apricots and juice into a small pan and bring to the boil. Put it to one side.
3. Put all the remaining ingredients into a large bowl and stir, then add everything from the pan. Mix well.
4. Put the mixture into the tin.
5. Bake for around 40 - 50 minutes until golden on top. Leave in the tin for a few minutes before cooling on a wire rack.
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