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Christmas Fruit loaf for the “not-so-organised”

Posted on December 16, 2014 by in baked goods, rsg

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Christmas Fruit Loaf

Christmas fruit loaf with a strong cup of coffee on my Mom and Dad’s porch…… I can think of nothing more appealing right now!

Christmas Fruit loaf is for those of you (like me) who are impulsive, un-organised and a little on the lazy side when it comes to pre-season baking! My mom believes that by the 1 October her Christmas Cakes must be baked and packed away, only to be taken out every few weeks to baptize it with some brandy! May I at this point just say, my mom’s fruit cakes are the best!

Well, as much as I would love to think I have many things in common with my mom, pre-season baking frenzy is not one of them! First of all, I eat fruitcake once, maybe twice, and my children don’t eat it at all! So baking fruitcake will be a waste…….. that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

This Christmas Fruit Loaf is light, buttery and not at all dense and dark, which is why it is so delicious! It bakes in 35 minutes and needs no decorating, just a touch of magic dust!

Christmas Fruit Loaf

Christmas Fruit Loaf

Makes 1 fruit loaf


250 ml butter – at room temperature
250 ml brown sugar
250 ml self raising flour
2 eggs
100 ml greek yogurt
100 ml Safari Raisins & Cranberries
100 ml Safari Almond slivers
100 ml glazed cherries
100 ml white chocolate Chips a pinch of salt

Maraschino cherries for decoration

Christmas Fruit Loaf


Pre-heat oven to 180 C. Place the butter and sugar in the bowl of your electric mixer and mix until it is light and fluffy. Add the eggs and mix for another minute or two. Fold in the yogurt and lastly fold in all the other dry ingredients. Spoon into a loaf tin that you have lined with baking paper. Bake for 35 – 40 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the loaf. Remove from the pan and serve on a plate or wooden board, sprinkle with icing sugar and top with Maraschino Cherries

Christmas Fruit Loaf


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5 Responses to “Christmas Fruit loaf for the “not-so-organised””

  1. Susan 19 December 2014 at 8:40 am #

    Nina, A Very Happy Christmas and here’s to a wonderful cooking New Year, your recipes are always the greatest.

  2. Riette 7 February 2015 at 5:43 pm #

    Hi Nina,I have made many of your recipes with great success, but I’m afraid this Christmas fruit loaf that I made today (to take to a friend tomorrow), has been a bit of a disaster! Did you perhaps make a mistake with the amount of flour?? Surely 250 ml could not be correct, using 250 ml butter? Could you please let me know how much self-raising flour I should use in future, as I would really like to try this again.

    • nerinatimm 10 February 2015 at 8:42 am #

      Riette, I sent you an email regarding this issue! Did you receive it?

  3. Peadar Rafferty 24 November 2015 at 4:16 pm #

    Is the unit of measurement correct i.e. ml ? Is this not grams? cake looks great but I want to get it right !! Thanks

    • nerinatimm 30 November 2015 at 6:43 pm #

      It is correct in ml!

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