My crafting mojo is still out wandering lonely as a cloud, so in a bid to get myself going again, I have returned to my first love – baking. I have loved baking since I was little, I enjoy making cakes more than anything else. The fact I have a sweet tooth probably has a lot to do with this.
I fancied making something everyday, rather than a big fancy cake and my attention was caught by Nigella’s Fruit Tea Loaf. It’s remarkably simple and I’ve actually made it twice in the last couple of weeks because I love it so much! First, the ingredients….
250ml Black Tea
375g mixed dried fruit
125g dark brown sugar
250g plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarb of soda
Place the fruit and brown sugar in a bowl, then pour over the tea. Leave to macerate overnight. After that time you should have something like this.
Preheat your oven to 180c and line a 450g loaf tin – I actually used a 900g one as that’s all I had and it was fine. Also you can line them with cling film if you don’t have anything else – it won’t melt I promise!
Sift the flour, baking powder and bicarb into the fruit and mix together – I don’t bother with the cloves, only because I didn’t have any, but this is when it would be added. Finally beat in the egg. Spoon and scrape into your tin – a little something like this…
Back for an hour – or until a cake tester comes out clean – and leave to cool in the tin. Turn out, cut into slices, spread with butter and enjoy with a cup of tea. Has so far come back with 100% approval from my reviewers! As fruit cakes do, this keeps beautifully and the tea helps keep it moist.