Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Safe to bake

Yesterday we finally had a day that was under 30 degrees, so I decided it was safe to turn on the stove and heat the kitchen up a little. I found this truly delicious low-fat fruit tea loaf at the good to know website ( The recipe in full is here - - and here are the essentials of it:

Ingredients ~
  • 1 Darjeeling tea bag
  • 300g (11oz) soft dried fruit such as apricots, prunes or apples
  • 175g (6oz) soft brown sugar
  • 2 medium eggs, beaten
  • 225g (8oz) wholemeal flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp mixed spice

Method ~

  1. Grease and base line a 1kg (2¼ lb) loaf tin. Soak the tea bag in 300ml (½ pt) boiling water for 5 mins. Roughly chop the fruit and add to the tea, discarding the tea bag and soak for 2-3 hours.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F, gas mark 4). Mix in the sugar and eggs.
  3. Mix together the flour, baking powder and mixed spice and fold into the fruit mixture.
  4. Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 1½ hours or until firm to touch and a skewer comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly before slicing.
I am really pleased with how it turned out (above). Seriously yummy.

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