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Serves: Makes 1 loaf
Time to prepare: 8 hr 10 mins
Time to cook: 1 hr 45 mins
Dietary requirements: Dairy-free, Halal, Vegan (with substitutions)
450g/1lb mixed, dried fruit
300ml/½ pint cold black tea
175g/6oz dark brown sugar
1 medium free-range egg or egg replacement (vegan option)
1 tbsp orange zest
2 tbsp orange juice
1 tbsp honey
450g/1lb self-raising flour
1 tsp mixed spice
Extra honey for glazing
Put the mixed dried fruit into a mixing bowl. Pour over the tea, cover and leave to soak overnight.
The next day mix together the sugar, egg, orange juice, zest and honey. Add to the fruit.
Sift in the flour and mixed spice, and mix well.
Pour the mixture into a buttered loaf tin and bake at 160°C/325°F/gas mark 3 for about 1¾ hours. The loaf should be golden in colour and firm to the touch in the middle. Baste with honey while still warm.
Allow to cool thoroughly before storing in a cake tin.