Ale Fruit Loaf

It is my youngest’s birthday on Saturday and we are celebrating with a Harry Potter party at home. There will be 15 children for whom there will be jelly and ice cream and a smattering of adults for whom there will be cheese and this easy but delicious cake. I made it last night, so there is no room for last minute panic, and it is really delicious. I think it is a bit like Aunty Joy’s Tea Cake but with alcohol. And Claire, said that recipe couldn’t be improved!I learnt the recipe at Eric Lanlard’s Baking Mad cookery class – which I reviewed for the Looking to Cook, cookery school website.
Ale Fruit Loaf
Start to finish: 10 mins prepping, leave overnight, 1 ¼ hours baking
390g mixed dried fruits
250ml bottle of Youngs Chocolate Ale (couldn’t find this the second time I made this, so just used Banana Bread Ale instead. Equally good)
100g dark muscovado sugar
75g self-raising flour
100g wholemeal self-raising flour
3tsp mixed spice
2 eggs
Put the dried fruit in a large pan and cover with the beer. Gently heat until hot but not boiling, Remove from the heat and leave overnight. Next, add the sugars, flours, mixed spice and eggs to the fruit mixture. Stir well until all the ingredients are combined. Pour the mixture into a greased 500g loaf tin (use a paper loaf case if you have one!). Bake for 1 ¼ hours, at 160 degrees, until risen, pale brown and firm to the touch. Cover with a tea towel and leave on a wire rack to cool. Wrap tightly in clingfilm and it keeps for up to six weeks. Good on its own, or with jam, but great with cheese – Wensleydale in particular.


  1. This is ever so yummy. Excellent with a good cup of tea!

  2. Oh I just had a lovely tea cake with a friend the other day…I think that we will both have to now try this!

  3. My mum makes one like this too! Have a great weekend:)

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