Rum-Soaked Raisin, Apricot & Cherry Scone Loaf

  • Preparation Time : 15 minutes
  • Cook Time : 30 minutes
  • Serves : 12
  • Type : Dessert

This fruit-packed bake includes a tipple of rum to plump up the raisins, making the scone-cake moist and moreish.

Made in the Glass Fibre Silicone Loaf Pan


  • 150g raisins 
  • 50g ready-to-eat dried apricots chopped
  • 500g self-raising flour 
  • ½ tsp salt 
  • 70g caster sugar 
  • 200ml milk 
  • 100g glacé cherries halved
  • 2 tbsp rum or brandy 
  • ½ tsp baking powder 
  • 125g chilled butter cut into pieces
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • Butter for spreading (optional)

Top tip!

You could use mixed dried fruit instead of raisins, cherries and apricots, so long as you have 300g in total.


  1. A few hours before baking (or the night before) put the raisins, cherries and apricots into a bowl. Cover with boiling water and leave for 5 minutes. Drain thoroughly through a colander or sieve. Return to the bowl and stir in the rum or brandy. Cover and leave for a few hours, or overnight.
  2. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 200°C/Gas 6. Place the loaf pan onto a baking sheet.
  3. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a mixing bowl. Rub in the butter with your fingertips until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar, then tip in the soaked fruit, along with any remaining rum or brandy.
  4. Beat the egg and milk together. Add just enough to the fruit mixture to make a soft dough (it shouldn’t be sticky). There should be a little egg mixture left. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead gently for a few seconds. Form into a log shape that will fit into the loaf pan. Lift it in, and brush the surface with a little egg and milk mixture.
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a fine skewer inserted into the loaf comes out clean. Turn out and cool completely, then slice with a sharp, serrated knife and serve plain or spread with butter.