Ingredients:2 cups mixed dried fruit
1 cup brown sugar (you could use half soft brown and half Demerara - or any mix you like really)
1 cup of hot strong black tea
1 tablespoon of Molasses (Black Treacle) - optional
1 egg - medium/large
2 cups self-raising flour - sifted
Place first 3 ingredients into a bowl, stir well to dissolve sugar and leave (covered) overnight.
The next morning - stir in the beaten egg and flour.
Mix well, pour into a baking tin - leaving at least 2" from the top. This will ensure that the top of the cake doesn't brown too quickly.
Oven temp: 180 - 190 C. or 325 F.
Time: approx. 45 - 50 mins.
Test with skewer after about 1/2 hr. if you have a fan oven.
Cool and eat slices spread with butter - yum!
- - also keeps really well, covered, in an air-tight container.
This recipe is almost fat-free - there is the egg of course, but no other fat is added.