Tea and cake is the perfect combination. I mean, what’s better than a good piece cake with a nice, hot cup of tea? Very British, I know! So it just makes sense to put them together and make a cake with tea as a main ingredient, right?
I know it sounds a bit strange, and at first I had my doubts too. But, I’m so glad that I tried it out, and this has fast become one of my favourite things to make, and eat!
It’s so diverse and can be eaten at any time of the day, without having to feel guilty, because guess what? It’s healthy!! Oh yeah, refined sugar free and full of nothing but the good stuff.
Perfect for a quick on-the-go breakfast, as a snack or even as a pudding (seriously, it’s that good). The best solution for that sweet tooth craving, without diving for the chocolate bar or biscuits. All the taste benefits of a cake, and it’s even good for you. Can it get much better?
I know you’re thinking, that it’s is a strange name to call a fruit tea loaf. But, it’s not only because it is in fact super scrummy. But, when I cut myself a slice and went out the room quickly, I came back to find my 4-year-old nephew who is one of the fussiest eaters that I’ve ever known, (and I know all children are but he really is!). Had eaten the whole slice, and looked at me very guiltily with crumbs around his mouth, and then asked for more ‘yummy bread’.
How we even got him to try a bite, I still don’t know to this day. He likes his food with lots of flavour, so to me that is a true compliment! Even my brother who rarely gives compliments, and is quite unenthusiastic about most things, said it had a nice flavour. Trust me that’s high praise coming from him, and means it’s goooood! Then, he went on to eat about half the loaf. Nothing but good signs.
Rich, Warm and Perfectly Spiced!
And the smell… mm mm mmmmmmm! It truly is pure heaven. It has such a rich, warm, spiced smell. That really gets the tummy rumbling and mouth-watering, and makes the whole house smell divine! There’s really nothing better than the smell of a fresh treat baking in the oven.
The great thing about this recipe is that you can just throw in whatever fruit you want and experiment with all different flavours. The possibilities are truly endless! I know that some of the fruit that I added might seem a bit strange. But, they do really work together and I would definitely recommend giving them a go. Just be careful that the fruit you add isn’t too seedy, as this might result in the tea loaf being a bit grainy.
Soaking The Fruit
It really is one of the easiest recipes that I have. The longest part besides the cooking is chopping up the fruit. The fruit mixture should be soaked for at least a couple of hours to let the flavours mix together, but overnight is best. I’ve even left it soaking for a couple of days and it just improved with age. Just be careful on how long you do let it soak so that it doesn’t go off. Before I’ve even added a tablespoon of Chia seeds and just added it in with the fruit. You can’t really taste them, and all they do is add to the health benefits of the loaf. If you’re not really sure what they are, check out my Chia Seeds Superfood Spotlight’.
I’ve never tried myself, but if anyone does try a vegan version please let me know how it turns out!
Best served with a good cup of tea, and a generous helping of butter.
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