The recipe I used for this loaf was actually titled Sultana Loaf, but I didn’t have enough sultanas in the store cupboard and had to improvise, I used cranberries and chopped nuts to make up the shortage on the sultanas, it turned out ok, but I think I should have added a splash of milk to the mix because it turned out rather dry, still edible tho 🙂
- 170g / 6oz butter
- 170g / 6oz soft light brown sugar
- 3 room temperature eggs, beaten
- 285g / 10oz self raising flour
- 340g / 12oz sultanas (I only had 170g the rest was made up with cramberries and nuts)
- grated zest of 1 orange
- 1 teaspoon mixed spice
- Heat the oven to 180 degrees C / 350 Degrees F / Gas Mark 4
- Take a 2lb loaf tin and pop in one of those fab loaf liners you get from lakeland
- Cream the butter in a large bowl using an electric beater until it is soft. Add the sugar and beat until pale and fluffy
- Add beaten eggs a little at a time, beating well between each addition. If the mixture starts to curdle, beat a little of the measured flour.
- Fold in the flour, sultanas, orange zest, mixed spice and mix well.
- Put into the prepared loaf tin and bake in the centre of the oven for 1-1 1/4 hours. If the cake starts to get too dark, cover it with a sheet of greaseproof paper and turn the oven down to 150 degrees C / 300 Degrees F / gas Mark 2. Extend the cooking time if necessary.
- The cake is ready when a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool for 10 mins before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Recipe Courtesy of Leiths Baking Bible ISBN 0-74765-8189-4