300g plain flour
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
3tbsp caster sugar
100g dried fruit
1 egg, beaten
pinch of salt
- Sift the flour into a mixing bowl and add the sugar, bicarb and salt.
- Make a well in the centre and add the dried fruit, egg and buttermilk (see noted for alternatives). Mix to form a dough.
- Knead very briefly on a lightly floured surface, then press into a greased loaf tin.
- Cook for 35-40 minutes at 190 degrees, until the top is s dark golden colour.Turn out and leave to cool on a wire rack.
As the picture shows, I forgot to beat the egg first. So although the recipe works without it being beaten, you should still beat it!
Your local supermarket may stock buttermilk, if not there are alternatives. I used a 200ml mix that was half milk and half natural yoghurt.
As for the dried fruit, I used raisins as I had some in. Sultanas, currants or a mixture would work just as well.