Monday, 6 January 2014

Blackberry and Elderflower Tea Loaf Containing Fresh Cranberries

When I was looking through my fridge yesterday I noticed that I still had quite a few cranberries that I did not use over Christmas.
I love the sweet bitter flavours that cranberries add, however my hubby doesn't.
So this gave me that chance to bake something for me!
After Christmas I am trying to eat healthier but I also need food which is going to keep me going. The children keep my very busy along with housework so I need something which is going to keep me going.
I regularly make hubby his Settling Ginger Tea Loaf and I do enjoy it so I have adapted that recipe a little to create one for me!
This is what I got...
Blackberry and Elderflower Tea Loaf
180mls Blackberry and Elderflower tea (I used Taylors of Harrogate tea bags
150g dried mixed fruit with candied peel
100g fresh cranberries
225g self raising flour
25g wholemeal self raising flour
25g soft brown sugar
2tspn mixed spice
1 egg at room temperature
1 - Soak the dried fruit in the blackberry and elderflower tea and leave preferably over night or at least a couple of hours

Pre heat the oven to 180C

2 - Once the dried fruit has plumped up place it in a large mixing bowl and add the cranberries, sugar, and mixed spices
3 - Beat the egg and add to the fruit mix and combine together

4 - Sift in the flour and mix together

5 - Line a loaf tin with greaseproof paper that has been brushed with a little melted butter to prevent sticking and add the mixture

6 - Place in the oven for 45 - 60 minutes. Check after 30 minutes as I found out on my first attempt that this bake will get brown quite quickly and if you do not keep a close eye on it it'll burn. When you check on it if it is a good brown colour cover it over with foil and continue to cook until a knife comes out clean when placed through the middle

7 - Once cooked remove from the tin and leave to cool on a cooking rack

This loaf has the sweetness from this lovely refreshing tea along with the bitterness from the cranberries and is incredibly moist!
Lovely with a little butter and a cup of coffee mid morning!
Enjoy x
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  1. I love tea loafs, and I'm on the look out for some new recipes; adding this one to my list :) #TastyTuesdays

  2. I love the idea of the elderflower added to it, looks lovely

    1. I love elderflower and can't wait until summer to have some in the grden to use x

  3. Oh wow that looks wonderful-bet its heavenly with a nice brew!

  4. It is my mid morning treat once the twins are napping I have a couple of slices ith a good cup of coffee! Thank you for hosting x

  5. Mmm, they look really yummy, I should give those a go #MMWBH

  6. Oooh that sounds delicious! Might have to give it a try :) #MMWBH

  7. That sounds AMAZING! Going to try that one.

  8. This looks delicious! Perfect for a tea-time treat! Just stopping by from the Mad Midweek Blog Hop :)

    Fiona @

  9. Great way to use up some Christmas left-overs. I love tea loafs and this one looks really yummy. Dropping in from #tastytuesdays and #recipeoftheweek.

  10. Texture looks perfect and the fruity, spicy combination sounds divine.

    Thanks for joining in with #recipeoftheweek - I've pinned and tweeted this recipe :) There's a fresh linky live at the moment, so do please pop over if you haven't already!

    1. Thank you :-) I have a yummy cake to link up this week!


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