Now I just love a good fruit loaf for breakfast but if you use yeast it takes time and planning. This is a lovely no yeast fruit loaf, perfect for breakfast or afternoon tea. Best of all it’s very easy and takes just over 1 hour to make. I use dried berries and cherries in my loaf but it would be equally good just with raisins.
Quick Fruit Loaf
370g plain flour
2½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
100g caster sugar
pinch of salt
170g dried fruit such as raisins (I used cranberries, blueberries, cherries)
1 tsp vanilla
50g unsalted butter, melted
Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan. Line a loaf tin with baking parchment.
Sift the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl then stir in the sugar and fruit.
In a separate bowl, beat together the eggs, buttermilk, vanilla and butter.
With a wooden spoon, mix the wet ingredients into the dry until just combined.
Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and bake in the preheated oven for about 1 hour. The loaf should be golden brown and a skewer inserted into the middle should come out clean.
Turn the loaf out onto a wire cooling rack and leave to cool completely before slicing.