Fruit Loaf aka GTT (Go to Toilet) Cake

All the normal foods that make ‘normal’ people ‘go’ (ie. licorice, prunes etc), don’t usually make much of an impression on Ma. A couple of years ago I came across the following recipe which I re-named the GTT Cake or Go to Toilet Cake.  Ma liked the taste AND she got results (huzzah!).

150g dried apricotsIMG_9987
150g dried figs
150g pitted dates
150g raisins
2 cups of orange juice
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
3/4 cup of brown sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups of self-raising flour
1 1/2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon of ground ginger

Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius.

Grease and line a 7cm deep, 10cm x 21cm (base) loaf pan with baking paper,

Combine dried fruit (I cut my dried fruit up, the recipe didn’t state this) and juice in a saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring, for 20 minutes or until liquid has been absorbed. Stir in bicarbonate of soda.  Set aside for 10 minutes.

Transfer fruit mixture to a bowl.  Stir in sugar and eggs.  Sift flour and spices over fruit mixture.  Stir gently to combine.   Spoon into loaf pan lined with baking paper.  Bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.  (Put foil over the top if browning too fast.)

Stand for 10 minutes in pan.  Turn onto a wire rack to cool.

Serve slices at room temperature or toasted.  It keeps well.

I really like this recipe.  You could probably mix your dried fruit depending on what you had as long as your quantities were the same.