Saturday, 22 October 2011

Fruit Tea Loaf

My hubby has been under the weather this week with a cold and what better way to cheer him up than with one of his favourite cakes. I've baked this fruit tea loaf many times and it is so easy to make and keeps well. It is moist and full of flavour and hubby loves it with a thick layer of butter and a cup of tea.

Fruit Tea Loaf

Makes approx. 10 slices

1 x 250ml cup tea
375g mixed dried fruit
125g dark brown sugar
250g plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
pinch of ground cloves
1 egg

Make the cup of black tea (just using a tea bag), and pour it into a bowl with the dried fruits and sugar; stir well, then leave to macerate overnight.

Preheat the oven to 170oC/fan oven 150oC/ gas 3. Line a 900g loaf tin with a paper liner or butter the tin and line the bottom with baking parchment.

Beat the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and cloves into the tea-soaked fruit, and then beat in the egg. Spoon and scrape into the lined loaf tin, and bake for 1 hour - or until cooked - before letting the cake cool it its tin on a rack.

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Gloria said...

This is an adorable and yummy fruit tea loaf MarĂ­a, look delicious! xxgloria

Brownieville Girl said...

I made a tea loaf this afternoon but misread the recipe and added 1 tsp of baking powder instead of 1 tbsp - it was as flat as a pancake!!!!!

Yours on the otherhand looks fantastic!

Jacqueline said...

This is my kind of cake Maria. Of course I would be tempted to smear some butter on it :)

Jo said...

Yum! I always think tea loaves are underrated. Hope hubby feels better soon.

Kelly-Jane said...

Your tea loaf looks perfect ... might have to make one this week now :)

Chele said...

That is a great looking loaf. I'm very fond of a good tea loaf and I especially like how this has got a healthy 'studding' of fruit through each slice.

Nicola said...

This tea loaf looks gorgeous Maria, I love fruity loaves and I don't bake them often enough..I might have to go and bake one asap ;-)

The Caked Crusader said...

Lovely, and perfect for the autumnal weather. I love tea loaf thickly spread with butter!

Heather said...

I would love to try this. I think I will make one to take to work around the Holidays.

Nic said...

My husband loves these cakes too, well they are packed full of delicious flavours! Hope your husband is better soon. x

Anne said...

Mmm I do love a good tea-loaf, looks so fruity and delicious! I like it toasted for breakfast mostly!

BeadBag said...

This is my favourite fruitloaf recipe - I've been making it for years and everyone loves it.

LF said...

I absolutely adore this fruit tea loaf from Feast and have also made it many times. Feel like making it now!! Problem is I'm the only fan in the house so I end up eating most (all) of it myself.