This recipe came from Sarah Philpott (see link below). I did add walnuts and dried dates into the mix and reduced the mixed dried fruit. This meant I used a bit more of the tea to soak everything – and definitely leave it overnight.


– 400g dried mixed fruit

– 300ml warm tea

– 400g self-raising flour

– 100g brown sugar

– 1 apple, grated

– 2 tsp mixed spice

– 75ml plant milk

– Oil or vegan margarine for greasing the loaf tin


In a large bowl, pour the warm tea over the dried fruit and leave overnight (or if you’re short of time, a few hours will do). Preheat the oven to 170C. Sieve over the flour, then combine with the dried fruit, sugar, mixed spice and apple. Add the milk and stir through.

Grease a 9×5 inch loaf tin and pour the cake batter into it, making sure that it’s spread evenly. Place on the top shelf of the oven and bake for 1 to 1.5 hours or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.

The Occasional Vegan will be published by Seren in March.