Feeling a little down in the dumps recently with having the flu, I decided to have a little afternoon tea baking session to cheer myself up, because..well, why not? Cake cures all right?! I personally love afternoon tea, I think it's a tradition here in Britain that should be kept alive, there's something so nice about just relaxing with little nibbles, a good cup of tea, and chatting with family to have that relaxing break in your day, and it was exactly what I was in need of.
I opted for making some fruit loaf squares as I had some dried fruit to use up, though not much flour so they're only small as normally I would do them in a proper loaf tin; but I think these make for sweet little portions.
There's always a little bit of a debate about what goes best with fruit loaf, having it by itself with no other topping, with butter, or with jam. Personally I'm a jam kinda gal. But you could always go mad and have both (no shame). These are super quick to make and including mixing, baking, and cooling time - they can be in your belly within thirty minutes, yeah you heard me.
225g self raising flour
110g caster sugar
225g dried mixed fruit
5 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon mixed spice
Your quickest and easiest way to make this is in a food processor, mix the butter and flour together until like bread crumbs, adding in the sugar and dried fruit until all combined.
Add in the egg and milk to make it more of a pourable mixture (though note it will still be quite thick) then transfer to a loaf tin or other baking tin. I used a square tin and half the amount of mixture to make mine smaller and 'bite sized' (still using one egg) but it's down to personal preference.
Bake at 180C for around 20 minutes or until browned on top and comes out clear in the middle, and you're all done!