Low fat tea loaf recipe with fresh fruit
Delicious and easy tea loaf
An old fashioned English Tea Loaf with a modern twist
In this recipe I bring the humble English Tea Loaf to a whole other level, making it more modern and something that the younger generations of budding cooks may like to try.
It's a simple recipe that will fill up your kitchen with delicious spicy smells, something similar as to that of when hot cross buns are baking.
A tea loaf is strongly associated with England and dried fruit, especially with the North of England in Yorkshire, where Yorkshire tea (to drink) is famed for being strong in flavor.
I'm adding fresh fruit to this recipe, as well as dried and am changing the texture of the cake giving it an almost Bread Pudding type consistency.
Many of you will also be very pleased to hear that this recipe is almost fat free, no butter or oil is used in the recipe.
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Prep Time: 20 mins
Total Time: Approx 1 hr
- 1 apple (I used Braeburn)
- 2 nectarines
- Handful of large dried seedless dates
- 2 or 3 strong English tea bags
- Dried orange, lemon or apricot peel
- 1 Zest of one orange
- 300 grams self raising flower
- 50 grams caster sugar
- 50 grams muscovado sugar
- Add spices to personal taste:
- Freshly grated ginger, and or powdered
- Freshly grated nutmeg, and or powdered
- Mixed spice
- For the topping:
- Apricot or orange Jam
- Peel the apple and dice into 1 cm cubes
- Dice the nectarines into 1 cm cubes, I don't peel mine but as I find they hold together better
- Cut the figs into similar sized parts as the fresh fruit
- A helpful tip:
- Drain and gently squeeze the fruit on kitchen paper patting of any excess moisture. This will stop the bake from becoming to soggy
- Combining the ingredient:
- Make 500 ml of strong English tea in a large bowl
- While hot add the sugar and spices and stir well
- Add the fresh fruit, dried fruits and zest to the tea and leave for 30 mins to one hour
- Add the flours and mix
- Whisk the eggs and add and mix
- Preheat the oven to 180 'C 350 F
- Grease and line a loaf tin with parchment paper
- Bake for approx 1 hr, checking after 45 mins
- Insert a knife or skewer into the center, if it comes out clean the loaf is done
- Brush apricot or orange jam onto the top
- Leave to cool on a wire rack, slice and serve with butter if wanted
Chop and pat dry the fruit
It is important that you try to chop and dice the nectarines, apples and figs into evenly sized parts to help with even cooking and a consistent texture throughout the tea loaf.
Draining and gently squeezing on paper towel will remove any excess liquid, making sure that the loaf doesn't become to soggy or heavy. As I said above though, this loaf will take on an almost 'Bread pudding' type texture.
As it is very low fat and really quite healthy it is an ideal treat for breakfast or afternoon tea. People that suffer from high high cholesterol can occasionally enjoy this to, but may not want to put thick layers on butter on each slice.
Making the tea and adding the spices, sugar and fruit
To make the tea I simply use three strong English tea bags, and add these to the 600 ml of boiling water in a bowl. I let this brew for 4 to 5 minutes, stir and remove the bags. If the bags are left in for too long an almost acrid flavor will occur.
Whilst the tea is hot I add the sugars and spices, this helps to melt them down.
I now add the fresh fruit and the dried fruit and leave for 30 mins to one hour, giving the fruits time to rehydrate and absorb the wonderful flavors of the tea and spices.
Traditional English Strong Yorkshire Tea Bags in the US
Yorkshire (the county) is famous for having some of the finest English tea in the UK.
This brand is called Yorkshire going by the same name. It is one of the most popular brands in the UK.
This is the gold edition and contains 160 tea bags.
It has 250 Five Star reviews on Amazon and only 40 between 4 and 1 stars of which over 50% are Four Stars.
This is a perfect dark tea not only for drinking but to make my Tea Loaf as well.
Add the flour then the eggs
First of all add the flour to the fruit and tea mixture. You can sieve the flour into the mixture if you wish. If you don't have self raising flour to hand you can use plain flour and add a little baking powder.
Mix in the flour until it is all wet.
Beat the two eggs in a separate bowl and stir into the mix. Stir the mix until you are happy that it is more or less an even consistency with the fruit evenly distributed.
Preheat the oven to 180 'C 350 F.
Grease and line a large loaf tin (or two smaller ones) with baking parchment. Add the tea loaf mixture and bake in the middle of the oven for 45 mins to 1 hour.
Use a skewer or a knife and insert into the middle of the loaf. If when pulled out it comes out clean the tea loaf is cooked.
Coat with jam and allow to cool
For a sweeter finish use a pastry brush to put a layer of apricot or orange jam on the top of the loaf.
If the jam is particularly set warm it up slightly in a saucepan and stir, to loosen it a little.
Place the low fat tea loaf on a wire rack and allow it to cool.
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Relax and enjoy
Now you can either start your day with this as an alternative breakfast idea, or share with friends and family for high and afternoon tea. You can spread butter or margarine onto your slice / slices to make it even more tasty.
It is also a sneaky, clever and easy way to get your children to eat a couple of their 5 a day. You could even put a slice in their school lunch box.
Modern low fat spicy English tea loaf with fresh fruit
More popular English black teas to make your tea loaf
PG tips may well be the popular tea in the UK. It is strong but not incredibly so. Even this brands marketing campaign is famous, a stuffed monkey which are now collectors items.
Twining can be found all over Europe, it is weaker in strength than the other teas here.
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