Good ol' fashioned Fruit Loaf

JR Mattsen


1/2 cup of walnuts were in the original recipe.
Original recipe also had 1 tsp ginger added but was too spicy for my liking.. was a bit like gingerbread flavor
I find my loaf always sinks in the middle so could be better if made in smaller loaf tins.
This makes a nice dense loaf, a lot like my mother's recipe


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20 Min
1 Hr


  • 1 c
  • 50 g
  • 1 c
    cake fruit mix or sultanas
  • 1 c
  • 1 Tbsp
    golden syrup
  • 1 1/4 c
  • 1 tsp
    mixed spice
  • 1/2 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 2 c
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 tsp
    baking powder

How to Make Good ol' fashioned Fruit Loaf


  1. Combine sugar, butter, fruit mix, dates, golden syrup and water. Bring to boil and simmer 5 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in spice, vanilla and salt. Sift in flour, baking soda and baking powder. Mix to combine.
  3. Pour into prepared/lined loaf tin and bake at 170C (180 in my panasonic) for 1 hour or until skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool in tin 15 minutes and try to keep for a day before eating as it improves with age.

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About Good ol' fashioned Fruit Loaf

Course/Dish: Other Breads Other Snacks
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: Australian
Other Tag: Heirloom

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