(Makes a 2 lb. loaf--900g)
3 cups mixed currants, raisins and sultanas, (450 g)
1 1/4 cups strong tea, (300 ml)
3/4 cup brown sugar, (175 g)
1 large egg, beaten
2 tablespoons melted butter, (25 g)
1 3/4 cups plain flour, (275 g)
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
Soak the fruit overnight in the tea, in a large mixing bowl. Pre-heat
the oven to 350 degrees (180 C; gas mark 4). Stir into the soaked
fruit the sugar, the egg and the melted fat. Sieve the flour and
the bicarbonate of soda into the mixture and mix well. Spoon into
a lightly greased and lined 9"x5" (900g or 2lb) loaf tin and bake
in a moderate oven for 1 to 1-1/4 hours, or until firm to the touch.
Leave in the tin for about 5 minutes, then turn out and cool on a
wire rack. Serve sliced and generously buttered.