• 1/2 cup candied cherries, halved
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup currants
  • 3 Tablespoons rum or brandy
  • 110g butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 tbs dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water 
  • 3 cups plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cardamon 
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Grated peel from 1 orange
  • Melted butter
  • Icing sugar

1. Mix cherries, raisins, and currants in a bowl with the liquor. Set aside 30-60 minutes whilst you complete the following steps.


2. Place butter, sugar and milk in a saucepan and heat until butter melts. Set aside to cool slightly.


3. In a small bowl, add yeast, 1/2 teaspoon sugar and water; leave until it foams. Place flour, salt, and cardamon in a bowl. Add yeast and cooled milk mixture. Stir.


4. Add eggs one at a time and blend well after each. 


5. Add fruit with liquor, vanilla and grated orange peel. Blend well then turn onto a floured surface and knead for 5-10 minutes until elastic.


6. Place in oiled bowl, turn to coat, cover and let rise in a warm place until double in size (1 1/2 - 2 hours). Knead the air out, then form into a loaf shape with a crease in the middle. Brush with melted butter.


7. Place on a baking tray and bake in a fan forced oven at 200C. Bake for 35-40 minutes until golden and a skewer comes out clean. 


8. Cool and brush with more melted butter then sprinkle with icing sugar. Enjoy!


What's the story?

Nutritional Information (serves 12)

  • Energy: 1360kJ
  • Protein: 5.8g
  • Fat: 9.8g (Saturated fat 6.0g)
  • Carbohydrates: 52.3g (Sugars 25.8g)
  • Sodium: 65mg

And a word from the dietitian...

Us dietitians always seem to tell people to eat brown foods. Bread. Rice. Pasta. Unfortunately sugar doesn’t follow the same rule. Regardless of the color or the name- brown, white, icing, raw, they all contain the same kilojoules and nutritional composition, so you’re not doing yourself any favours by opting for the brown/ raw stuff.