This is a favourite recipe of mine which has evolved over time. This recipe is based on my Settling Ginger Tea Loaf. I love changing the flavours within this bake. This time I have made it using Darjeeling Earl Grey tea bags which are available from Tea Pigs.
This is what I did...
Darjeeling Earl Grey Tea Loaf
180mls Darjeeling Earl Grey tea (Iused 1 tea bag brewed in the water for about 10 minutes)
225g mixed dried fruit with candied peel
150g dark muscovado sugar
6 whole cardamon pods, seeds removed and crushed
1/4tsp ground ginger
225g self raising flour
1 - Leave the fruit to soak in the tea for at least 2 hours
2 - Pre heat the oven to 170C fan
3 - Once the fruit is plumped up and moist tip the fruit and any remaining liquid into a large mixing bowl
4 - Add the muscovado sugar and mix until the sugar has dissolved
5 - Stir in the ground cardamon and ginger
6 - Add the egg and stir thoroughly
7 - Sift in the flour and mix until all of the ingredients are evenly combined
8 - Pour the mixture into a lined loaf tin and place in the centre of the pre heated oven
9 - Bake for 40 - 45 minutes, but check every 10 minutes after 20 minutes of baking. This loaf can often brown quickly so keep a regular eye on the baking and cover with foil once it has browned off enough to prevent burning
10 - Once the loaf is thoroughly baked remove from the oven and leave in the tin for 5 minutes before removing from the tin and allowing to cool completely on a cooling rack
This loaf is delicious as it is or with a little butter for a mid morning snack.
I am sharing this recipe with:
Honest Mum - Tasty Tuesdays
A Mummy Too - Recipe of the Week
Casa Costello - Bake of the Week