Tea Loaf

This may be something that your granny used to make, but I think there is nothing nicer to have with your cup of tea in the afternoon, than a slice of tea loaf.  Smothered with butter, jam or even cheese, this tea loaf will stay nice in an airtight container for around a week. I find it best to eat after a couple of days.  I really enjoy this lightly toasted as well!

 

tea loaf

Ingredients

300ml of boiling water with 3 strong tea bags in.  Leave the tea to brew for ten minutes,  then remove the tea bags.
460g Mixed fruit
140g Light brown sugar
250g Self raising flour
1 Egg beaten
1/2 tsp Mixed spice

Optional: You can drizzle some runny icing over the top.

Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees centigrade.Prepare a 1kg loaf tin with baking parchment.

Place the fruit into the tea and leave for around 2 hours. The fruit then plumps up.

In a bowl place the flour, sugar, egg, mixed spice and fruit mixture then stir well.

Spoon into your tin and bake for around an hour. Check that the centre of the loaf is cooked by placing a sharp knife into the middle. If it comes out clean it is cooked, if any mix if left on the knife, then place back into the oven and cook for a few more minutes.

Allow the loaf to cool before turning out onto a wire rack. When fully cool you can put it into an airtight tin or container.

Drizzle runny icing over the top.

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Low Fat Fruity Tea Loaf

I love cake but I enjoy it even more when I do not have a guilt trip about the fat content.  Of course there is nothing nicer than spreading butter on top of this, but if you are on a calorie watching diet without the butter, then this may just make you feel as if you have had something tasty without feeling bad.

fruit loaf

This will quite happily keep in an airtight container for a week. In fact it seems to be at its best a couple of days after baking.

Ingredients

300ml of boiling water with 3 strong tea bags in, left to brew for around 8 minutes, then remove the tea bags.
450g mixed fruit
130g light brown sugar
250g self raising flour
1 egg beaten
1/2 tsp mixed spice

Prepare a 1kg loaf tin with baking parchment.

Place the fruit into the tea and leave for around 2-3 hours. This makes the fruit plump up.

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees centigrade.

In a bowl place the flour, spice, sugar, egg and fruit mixture and stir well.

Spoon into your loaf tin and bake for around an hour. Check that the centre of the loaf is cooked by placing a sharp knife into the middle. If it comes out clean it is cooked, if any mix if left on the knife, then place back into the oven and cook for a few more minutes.

Allow the loaf to cool before turning out onto a wire rack. When fully cool you can put it into an airtight tin or container.

Slice and eat as it is, or you can spread some butter on top.