Egg-Free Fruit Cake (makes 500g/1lb 2oz loaf)
75h (3oz castor sugar)
250g (9oz) mixed dried fruit
150ml (1/4 pint) orange juice or water
Butter for greasing and to serve
250g (90z) self-raising flour
1tsp mixed spice
1/2tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2tsp malt vinegar or cider
Place the dried fruit, sugar and orange juice or water in a medium saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5mins. Pour into a large mixing bowl and leave to cool for 30mins.
Pre-heat oven to 160 or gas 4. Grease a loaf tin with baking parchment.
Stir the flour and mixed spice into the cooled fruit mixture, then add the bicarbonate of soda, vinegar and milk. Gently fold trying not to knock out the air. Scoop into the tin and bake for 45mins or until a skewer comes out dry. Serve alone or with butter.