This apple fruit cake is made like an afternoon tea loaf. It's a lovely homely recipe that feels healthy to eat. It's not too sweet, beautifully moist and it's perfect for a snack with a cup of tea in the afternoon.
It has fruit in it, but it is not so heavily laden as a traditional fruit cake, and some of the fruit is fresh. This makes it more economical to bake and it is also less rich.
The downside is that it doesn't keep so long as other fruit cakes. But it never lasts long enough in our house for that to be an issue! It does keep perfectly well for 3-4 days if it's carefully wrapped.
Time: 1 hour 15 minutes,
not including cooling.
Makes: 1 loaf, 8-10 slices
115g (1/2 cup) butter
175g (1 cup) soft brown sugar
115g (2/3 cup) wholewheat flour
115g (2/3 cup) plain flour
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 eating apple, peeled cored
and chopped roughly
6 non-soak prunes, coarsely chopped
55g (1/3 cup) raisins
3-4 tablespoons milk
Delicious with Earl Grey Tea, or English Breakfast.
It's great served on its own just with a nice cup of tea for a simple afternoon snack.
It's also lovely served as a larger afternoon spread for hungry people. Try it with buttermilk scones, a selection of finger sandwiches, dark chocolate cupcakes and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.