• 100 g muscovado (or soft dark brown) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon molasses (optional)
  • 300 ml black tea (I brewed strong Lyons loose tea)

350 g mixed dried fruits (I used raisins, chopped dried apricots, prunes and dried cranberries, you can reduce the amount to 250g for a bit less fruit)

  • 1/2 banana, mashed
  • 240 g flour (I used 75g wholewheat and the rest plain white)
  • 1 heaped teaspoon baking powder


  • STEP 1
    Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  • STEP 2
    Add dried fruits to hot tea. Dissolve in the sugar. Let soak for about 15 minutes.
  • STEP 3
    Mix baking powder and flour.
  • STEP 4
    Add liquid ingredients, stir and mix well.
  • STEP 5
    Add mash bananas.
  • STEP 6
    Pour into a loaf tin.
  • STEP 7
    Bake for 1h and 30 minutes (or until a metal skewer comes out clean). I baked this at 180 degrees Celsius for the first 20 minutes, then lowered to 160 degrees for the next 50 minutes, and then 170 degrees for the final 20 minutes. I turned off the oven and let it sit in there for another 10 minutes.
  • STEP 8
    (But do the fork test to see when yours is done. You might need less time...)
  • STEP 9
    Allow to cool before cutting.

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