Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight- Make Carrie's Granny's Fruit Loaf
To celebrate the Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight, our pastry chef Carrie is sharing some of her favourite recipes. Try them yourself, and let us know how you get on. To taste the real deal, you can try all of these dishes at The Courtyard.
Makes 2 Loafs
2 teaspoon Mixed Spice
2 teaspoon Baking Soda
2 Cups Water
½ lb Margarine
1/2lb Caster Sugar
1lb Self Raising Flour
1. Place Margarine, sugar, dried fruit, spice, baking soda and water in a large pan and place on a low to medium heat. It is important to use a pan that is sufficiently large enough to hold all the ingredients as this will also act as your mixing bowl
2. Slowly melt until the sugar is dissolved and the margarine is also melted. Turn up the heat and simmer for 5-10 mins, stirring occasionally, until all the ingredients are combined. The mixture should have a glossy look and not look fatty or split.
3.Allow the mix to cool to room temperature. It is important not to let it cool to much or it will be hard to work with.
4. Beat in the eggs and then fold in the flour until well combined.
5. Divide the mix between 2 x 2lb loaf tins and bake at 180°C/160°C Fan for approx 40 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean on testing.