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FRUIT LOAF

25 dried apricots
5 dried pears
10 dried figs
10 prunes
1 large or 2 small bananas
grated zest of 1 orange
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup wholemeal flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup finely ground almonds (almond meal/flour)

Place dried fruit into a saucepan, cover with cold water. Bring
to the boil, covered, and let simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from
the heat and allow to cool. Put liquid from fruit into a blender
with 10 apricots from the pan and the banana. Puree` and transfer
to a bowl. Add the orange zest and cinnamon. Sift the flour with
the baking powder. Stir in the flour and almond meal to the liquid
mixture until the batter is smooth. Fold in the dried fruit.
Place in a greased loaf tin and smooth the top flat. Place into
a preheated 180C/350F oven and bake for about 40 minutes. Let cool
in tin for 5 minutes. Invert and serve cold.

If you wish you could even add 1 tblsp of rum or marsala to the
liquid mixture....marsala is especially lovely with this cake.

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