Spiced Fruit Loaf

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Christmas doesn't get much tastier than this...

Ingredients

250g Mixed dried fruits
70g Glace cherries
30g Mixed peel
1 Lemon zest
100ml Cider or cloudy apple juice
125g Unsalted butter
1/4 teaspoon Ground cinnamon
2 Eggs
150g Plain flour
1/2 teaspoon Bicarbonate of soda
100g Butternut squash
3 tablespoons Milk
225g Icing sugar
1 teaspoon Almond extract
2-21/2 tablespoons Lemon juice

Instructions

Mix the dried fruits, cherries, mixed peel, lemon zest and cider or apple juice together. Cover and leave to soak overnight.

Preheat the oven to 180C or 160C for fan assisted ovens and line a loaf tin with baking paper.

Beat the butter, sugar, mixed spice and cinnamon together in a large mixing bowl until fluffy then gradually beat in the eggs. Sift in the flour and bicarbonate of soda, stir in the grated squash and then the soaked fruit and milk.

Add the mixture to the prepared tin, bake for an hour and 15 minutes or until baked through. Leave to cool in the tin then carefully remove.

Sift the icing into a bowl, beat in the extract and lemon juice and spoon the icing over the loaf.

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