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Spiced Fruit Loaf

Christmas doesn’t get much tastier than this…

Instructions

  • Mix the dried fruits, cherries, mixed peel, lemon zest and cider or apple juice together. Cover and leave to soak overnight.

  • Preheat the oven to 180C or 160C for fan assisted ovens and line a loaf tin with baking paper.

  • Beat the butter, sugar, mixed spice and cinnamon together in a large mixing bowl until fluffy then gradually beat in the eggs. Sift in the flour and bicarbonate of soda, stir in the grated squash and then the soaked fruit and milk.

  • Add the mixture to the prepared tin, bake for an hour and 15 minutes or until baked through. Leave to cool in the tin then carefully remove.

  • Sift the icing into a bowl, beat in the extract and lemon juice and spoon the icing over the loaf.

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