Anyone for tea and cake?

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

Pinch cloves

1 egg

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.

wet fruit

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…

batter in tin

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.

finished cake

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About paddymade

Thirtysomething PR type, Northern Ireland born and bred, now residing in Aberdeen. I drink tea (a lot), swear (loudly) and craft (badly) This is my little corner of the internet, pull up a chair and get comfortable :)
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One Response to Anyone for tea and cake?

  1. Kirsty says:

    That looks really good. I shall make it for the Mo, who likes fruit cakes.

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