• 100g dried apricots, roughly chopped
  • 75g dried figs, quartered
  • 75g pitted dates, roughly chopped
  • 2 tea bags
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 200g light brown soft sugar
  • 75g walnuts, roughly chopped, plus 12 whole walnuts


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease and line a 1kg loaf tin.
  2. Mix together the fruit in a bowl and add the tea bags, pour over 300ml boiling water and leave to soak for 20 minutes, then discard the tea bags.
  3. Whisk together the eggs, flour and sugar in a large bowl and stir in the dried fruits plus all the liquid and the chopped walnuts. Pour into the prepared tin, arrange the whole walnuts on top and bake for 1 hour or until a skewer comes out clean, cover with foil if the top begins to get too dark.
  4. Allow to cool before removing from the tin.