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The Mad Butcher’s Easy Fruit Loaf

Prep Time:

15 Minutes

Cook Time:

45 Minutes


20 Servings



About the Recipe

Recently visiting the fun and generous Sir Peter Leitch on Waiheke Island he insisted I sit down and have a “cup- of tea and a piece of cake”. The “cake” was this loaf sliced, buttered and made by Lady Janice Leitch – Peter’s wife who says the recipe is a family favourite and been passed down by her mother.


  • 4 crushed Weet-Bix

  • 3 Tbsp butter

  • 1 cup fruit

  • 1 cup sugar*

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • 1 cup boiling water

  • 1 large beaten egg

  • 1 cup flour

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • ½ cup finely- chopped walnutsngredient


Step 1

Preheat oven to 180degC and butter and line a loaf pan.

Step 2

Throw the first five ingredients into a bowl. Add the boiling water, stir and leave for 5 mins to cool.

Step 3

Add the remaining ingredients and blend gently.

Step 4

Place mix in loaf tin and bake for 45 mins and check that a knife comes out cleanly – you may need a few more mins – depending on your oven.

*Please note you could add slightly less sugar if desired – it will work well with 2/3 or ¾ cup of sugar. logo
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