Sieve together the dry ingredients: the flour, baking powder and baking soda and the spice mix.
Make a well in the centre and pour in milk and molasses if using, and the vanilla extract, if using. Omit the molasses for a non-added sugar version. Add the lemon zest.
Add the nuts, mix.
Add the soaked dry fruits with their liquid, and mix it all in, not stirring too much but just enough that all the flour becomes moist.