Recipe and image courtesy of the Easy Peasy Baking campaign, launched by UK Flour Millers


  • 1 ruby grapefruit or 2 lemons
  • 175g Self-raising flour
  • 175g plus 75g for syrup Caster sugar
  • 175g Butter
  • 3 Eggs
  • 120ml Gin
  • 75ml Tonic water
  • 150g Icing sugar


  • STEP 1

    Preheat the oven to 180°C/Fan 160°C/Gas Mark 4.

  • STEP 2

    Cut ½ the grapefruit or one of the lemons into thick wedges. Zest and juice the remaining fruit and put to one side. In a large mixing bowl, combine the self-raising flour, citrus zest and 175g caster sugar. Add the butter, eggs, 50ml gin, 2 tbsp citrus juice and mix with an electric whisk until smooth.

  • STEP 3

    Pour the batter into a lined loaf tin and bake for 35 minutes until golden and springy to touch. Remove from the oven but leave in the tin.

  • STEP 4

    While the loaf is cooling, pour the remaining citrus juice, tonic and 75g sugar into the saucepan and heat on a medium-high heat for 5-8 minutes until the sugar has completely dissolved. Allow to cool slightly before stirring in the remaining gin. Set aside 3 tbsp syrup for the glaze.

  • STEP 5

    Poke the loaf all over with a fork and drizzle with syrup from the saucepan. You can do this while the loaf is still warm.

  • STEP 6

    Once the loaf is completely cool, remove from the tin. Combine the remaining syrup with the icing sugar to make a glaze and pour over the top of the loaf, slightly pushing it down the sides with the end of a spoon to create a drip effect. Decorate with the citrus slices and serve.