I know that fruit cake can be a bit like Marmite. You either like dried fruit, love a Christmas cake or pudding or give it a wide berth! Don’t overlook this recipe quite yet.
Yes, this recipe has dried fruit at its core, but isn’t in anyway heavy, dense or calorific as you might expect. Tea loaf is probably a closer choice to this than fruit cake. While it may have all the flavour of a traditional cake with dried fruit, it has no added sugar and no fat. The moisture comes from the dried fruit soaked in English tea overnight, that plumps up the fruit and retains the moisture. The sweetness is natural sugars from the fruit.