Sunday, March 8, 2015

Fruity Teacake

You read it right.  Teacake as it says.  For the dry fruits are steeped in hot black tea.  I honestly didn't get the taste of tea in the final product, but nevertheless this is a good cake.  It has very little fat in it.  You will find few recipes of the teacake or tea loaf or bread as they may be called that are totally fat free, but I preferred the addition of a little fat (50 gms is  very little for a cake)  and besides the recipe from BBC Good Food had great reviews and that was encouraging.  Do not ever compare it to a plum cake.  It may have similar ingredients, but is not as rich.  It actually tastes better the next day, but by then there are only a few slices left if at all !



Ingredients:
Mixed dried berries and cherries - 300 gms
( I used a pack of dried fruit )
Hot tea - 225 ml
Orange juice - 75 ml
Orange zest
Butter - 50 gms
Light brown Sugar - 100 gms
(I didn't have brown sugar)
Egg - 1
Self raising flour - 225 gms
Demerara sugar - 4 tbsp
( I skipped this step too )

The recipe was for a 2 lb loaf tin.  I am not sure of the dimensions of my loaf tin.  I had to use a small cake tin for the extra batter.

Keep the dried fruit and zest in a bowl.  Pour hot tea, orange juice.  Cover with cling film and leave for at least 3-4 hours or overnight as I did.

Grease and line the base and sides of a loaf tin.  Preheat the oven to 180C

Beat together butter and sugar till creamy.
Beat in the egg.  Followed by the flour.
Carefully stir in the fruit mixture
Spoon mixture into the tin, and smooth over the surface with the back of a spoon
Sprinkle all over with a thick layer of demerara sugar

Bake for one hour or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
Allow to cool in tin and then turn out and slice and serve.


2 comments:

  1. tempting loaf,looks yumm !!

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  2. Fruit cakes r helathyn very tasty too..one of my fav actually :)

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