1 cup (210 grams) light brown sugar
1 cup (240 ml) hot water
1/4 cup (56 grams) unsalted butter
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (125 grams) seedless raisins
1/2 cup (65 grams) dried cranberries
1/2 cup (75 grams) dried cherries
1 1/2 cups (210 grams) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup (175 grams) candied and chopped mixed peel
Butter, or spray with a nonstick vegetable, a 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (Note: if you are using a dark colored pan reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees F).
In a large saucepan, over medium heat, bring to a boil the sugar, water, butter, spices, raisins, cranberries, and cherries.
Boil for five minutes, remove from heat, and let cool till lukewarm.
Stir into this mixture the flour, baking soda, vanilla extract and candied fruit.
Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 45 - 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack.
Cover and store, if possible, for a few days before serving. Makes one - 9x5 inch loaf