Fruit Loaf (the perfect breakfast or snack!)

Slather some butter and jam onto a slice of this fruit loaf and you will be in heaven! Perfect for breakfast or a mid-morning/afternoon snack!

The other morning I had planned to make a batch of hot cross buns. But then I got a massive case of the can’t be’s and decided that I just couldn’t be bothered rolling the dough into buns and piping crosses on top. Yeah I know, because it’s like sooooo hard! Hey, in my defence I was tired and we all know that when you’re tired even the simplest things seem hard! Anyway, I still felt like eating something that tasted a little like a hot cross bun and so decided that I’d make a fruit loaf instead…. no rolling into buns or piping required – nope all I had to do was just slap it in a loaf tin!

Fruit Loaf

This really is an easy dough recipe and while you do have to leave it to prove for a while, it’s a really great excuse to make a cuppa and watch TV… which is exactly what I did.

Fruit Loaf

By the time the loaves came out of the oven I was starving! Tired and starving is not a good combination! So I sliced it while it was still warm, slathered on some butter and jam and took myself back to the couch for some more serious TV watching. And after all that, I was still a tired little grump… but at least I wasn’t hungry anymore!

Fruit Loaf

Fruit Loaf


Simple Fruit Loaf

Slather some butter and jam onto a slice of this fruit loaf and you will be in heaven! Perfect for breakfast or a mid-morning/afternoon snack!
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Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 12
Author: Bake Play Smile


  • 4 cups plain flour
  • 2 x 7g sachets dried yeast
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups currants I used a mix of the three, cranberries or sultanas
  • 40 g butter
  • 300 ml milk
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted, for brushing


  • Combine flour, yeast, sugar, mixed spice, cinnamon, salt and fruit in a large bowl.
  • Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add milk and stir for 1 minute, or until lukewarm.
  • Add milk and butter mixture and eggs to flour mixture.
  • Gently mix until dough almost comes together.
  • Use your hands to finish mixing so that a soft dough forms.
  • Place dough on a lightly floured surface.
  • Knead for a few minutes or until dough is smooth (about 10 minutes is great!).
  • Put the dough into a lightly oiled bowl.
  • Cover with plastic wrap.
  • Set aside in a warm place for 45 minutes, or until dough doubles in size.
  • Preheat oven to 190°C.
  • Grease two loaf pans.
  • Punch dough down to its original size.
  • Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth.
  • Divide dough equally in two.
  • Place one lot of dough into each loaf pan and cover with plastic wrap.
  • Set aside for 30 minutes, or until dough doubles in size.
  • Brush top of dough with butter.
  • Bake each loaf for 18 to 20 minutes, or until golden and cooked through.
  • Serve hot from the oven with butter and jam or allow to cool completely before placing into an airtight container.


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Twinkle in the Eye

These simple cakes are my favourite recipes. Not too sweet and still a little treat.

Bec | Mumma Tells

Anything with raisins in it are a hit with Big at the moment, and I think she’d prefer this texture over a traditional hot cross bun. I might have to whip up a loaf. You’re a good egg, Lucy. I love the recipes you share. X

Author Bek Mugridge

Still warm with fresh butter -YUM

Renee at Mummy, Wife, Me

This looks so good with a little butter spread on top. The girls would love it. So when can you come over and cook some up for us? 😉