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Lincolnshire Plum Bread – my mums

Lincolnshire Plum Bread

Actually my Mums Lincolnshire Plum loaf cake is sometimes referred to as bread,  not sure it is to be honest!

However that’s what we’ve always called it and we’ve been eating it for years!


Plum Bread or Plum Loaf 

So Lincolnshire plum bread or loaf cake – it doesn’t really matter!

You can use tea in the recipe however we have always just used water, so whatever you fancy. This one’s more cake than bread!

It’s so quick and easy to make and it’s such a great loaf cake to wrap in foil and keep in the cupboard. Mum always has one in her kitchen, ready for us lot!

How to serve your Lincolnshire Plum Bread / cake

In the north we butter it and serve it with cheese.

I know it sound strange BUT it is delicious! It’s not an overly sweet cake so it works so well.

It’s almost like malt loaf really – we have that with cheese too.

Lincolnshire Plum loaf cake

It’s the perfect teatime treat.

Really rather good if you like fruit cake but don’t want all the marzipan and icing shenanigans.

It’s an everyday version of a complex fruit cake, but easier and lighter, delicious!

To Make your plum bread…

This cake mix is made in a pan on the hob!!

Yes it is then popped into Loaf  tins then baked in the oven.

This mix makes two 2 llb loaf cakes, so if you only want one (why?) then half the mix.

We prefer the smaller cakes (and you get 2!!)

Loaf Liners?

Also before I forget, have you discovered loaf liners yet?

Oh they are fantastic, you can say ‘bye’ to trying to line a loaf tin!

I love them, so easy and you can find them in most supermarkets and they are not expensive either

So why not have a go at my Mums Lincolnshire Plum loaf / cake – and try it with cheese.

I’d love to know what you think. Please leave me a comment, I love your comments

Other Loaf Cakes 

If you love loaf cake then I have loads however a VERY popular one is Freda’s Apple & Fruit Loaf why not have a look.

It’s such an easy recipes and you can use up all of those fallen apples in the Autumn

Freda’s apple & fruit loaf

Big love Cx



Go have a gander Cx


Makes 2 loaf cakes

  • 225g Margarine or butter
  • 340g Caster Sugar
  • 450g Dried Fruit (mixed or what ever you fancy)
  • 1 cup Water or Tea
  • 450g Self-Raising Flour
  • 2 medium sized Eggs


Preparation Method


  1. Grease & Line 2 x 21b loaf tins (I use loaf liners  – they are ace!)
  2. Preheat the oven 140C/275F/Gas 1
  3. In a large pan warm the Butter, Caster Sugar, Dried Fruit and tea – melt
  4. Tip the Self-raising flour into a large bowl, with the eggs and mix
  5. Add the melted mixture to the flour mix, a little at a time and stir until totally combined
  6. Bake for approx 60 minutes. Insert a fine knitting needle and if it comes out clean you’re done. If not bake for an additional 10 minutes until baked
  7. Leave to cool – then add that butter and cheese and away you go!
  8. Enjoy the delights of my Mums Lincolnshire Plum loaf / cake


Barbara says:
I will try this thismorning and take one to my not very well sister.x
    Clare x says:
    Oh I'd love to know what you think - I hope your sister gets better soon Cx
Jenny Walters says:
What a great fruit cake. I blink in love them and I am so going to have to start having cheese with a slice. Sounds like a genius idea. This cake is perfect for me too as I don’t like any marzipan shenanigans either! Thanks lots for sharing with #BakingCrumbs
    Clare x says:
    It's lovely Jenny - trust me I've eaten a whole one in less than a week - gawd Cx
Jo Allison / Jo's Kitchen Larder says:
Your mum's fruit cake and a thick slice of cheese sound like trouble (but in a really good way lol). I don't think I would be able to stop after one slice! I do love combination of cheese with sweet and fruity bakes, they just go so well together! Thank you for sharing this delicious creation with #BakingCrumbs :) x
Rebecca Smith - Glutarama says:
This is my kinda cake, reminds me of the bara brith I make with tea...I'll always choose a fruit loaf/bread/cake/thingymabob over chocolate cake any day! Reckon this will work well gluten free too.
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SK says:
I really fond of baking and love to try out recipes . Such lovely yummy looking recipes on your site and I’m tempted to try them out . But self raising flour is not available where I live so what changes do I need do to make to the recipe if using plain flour ?
    Clare x says:
    Hi Just add 2 teaspoons of baking powder for each 150g/6oz/1 cup plain flour. Sift the flour and baking powder together into a bowl before using, to make sure the baking powder is thoroughly distributed (or you can put both ingredients into a bowl and whisk them together). Hope this helps Thanks Clare
Ellis says:
This is the best plim bread recipe! So tasty and comforting. Reminds,me of being younger. Delish. Thank you.
    Clare x says:
    So lovely to hear - Thank you
Sandra says:
My plum bread didn't rise very much what did I do wrong or is there anything I can do to make them rinse a little more
Claire says:
Hi, Gas mark 1 is that right please?
    Clare x says:
    Yes Claire thats right x
Sue Gilbert says:
Made two of these last week and everybody was v v impressed. Making another two today! 😁
Sue Gilbert says:
Made two of these last week and everybody was v v impressed. Making another two today!
    Clare x says:
    great to hear Sue xx thank you
Sarah says:
Brilliant!! Easy recipe and tasted marvellous i will definitely make again. Thank you
Anonymous says:
Going to try this at the weekend can’t find a decent recipe that hubby likes and plum loaf is his favourite
Helen says:
Made this the other week, the whole family loved it, making another 2 loaves tomorrow. Five star recipe, thank you.
Anonymous says:
Hi, for your plum bread what shelf position do you use for electric oven, it's not a fan one.x
    Clare x says:
    Centre of the oven - Thanks Clare
Debbie Bartlett says:
Easy recipe ! Gorgeous plum loaf ... I can’t stop making them for friends and family x fab
    Clare x says:
    Super to hear xx thank you
Sally O'Kane says:
I made this for my elderly dad who is Lincolnshire born and bred and he loved it. He said it was a "proper" version and just like the ones his mum and aunts used to make. High praise indeed from him! Thank you!
    Clare x says:
    Oh That's so lovely to hear xx thank you
Loraine May says:
I'm a Lincoln lady now residing in Cheshire and people laugh when I tell them to eat the 'bread' with cheese! My mum used to put a tablespoon of marmalade into the mixture too.
    Clare x says:
    I love cheese with it xx great tip ref the marmalade - Thanks Cx
Cathy says:
Hi Claire, your plum bread looks delicious, but with cheese?? I'm an East Midlands girl & i've never heard of doing that. Then I read you put cheese on malt loaf!! At first I thought eugh which turned into ooh i'll have to bake the plum bread and try it with cheese!! Maybe i've been missing out! Then there was another clanger... tea in the recipe! That stirred all sorts of questions...with milk? How much milk? Etc..
    Clare x says:
    Hi Cathy Yes it's all true! Try it - you don't know what you're missing!! Let me know what you think Cx
Cathy not Kathy 😊 says:
*Clare not Claire, sorry.
diane meakin says:
I have made two trips into Linconshire from Derbyshire to buy the plum bread to no avail due to shops closing early .I shall make so thank you for putting the recipe online, I shall make it pronto