Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan. Grease and base line a 1kg loaf tin with a sheet of baking parchment.
Add the sugar, flour, bicarbonate of soda and the spices to a large bowl. Whisk gently until thoroughly combined. Place the water, maple syrup and oil into a small saucepan and bring to the boil, stirring constantly so that it doesn't burn. As soon as it's just boiling pour it over the dry ingredients and stir well until combined. Stir in the bananas, dried fruit and cranberries
Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 45 minutes turning the tin around halfway until it feels springy to the touch.
Allow to cool in the tin.