Jan's Fruit Loaf

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This English recipe is a fruit cake with dates, flavoured with orange.

Ingredients

1
orange
200 g
FAIRTRADE dates
280 ml
water
170 g
plain wholemeal flour
500 g
mixed dried fruit
3 tsp
baking powder
1 tsp
mixed spice
50 g
ground almonds
handful
flaked almonds

Method

Preparation

Preheat the oven to gas mark 3 (165 °C; 325 °F).

Line and grease a 1 kg loaf tin.

Peel the orange with a potato peeler, and juice the orange. Chop the peel fine (into 2mm squares).

To bake

Roughly chop the dates and put into a large saucepan with the water. Bring to the boil and simmer gently until soft (about five minutes, longer if they are very dry initially).

Remove from the heat and mash to a paste with a wooden spoon or in a food processor.

Mix the flour, dried fruit, baking powder, spice, date paste, orange juice, orange peel, and ground almonds in a large bowl.

Spoon into the tin and sprinkle the top with the sliced almonds.

Bake at gas mark 3 (165 °C; 325 °F) for 90 minutes.