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Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Mary's Tea Time Cake for Recipe Clippings


We have finally eaten all the Christmas biscuits and the cake tin was looking rather bare, so I had a flip through one of my recipe clipping folders and came across Mary's teatime cake, a recipe from the very talented and delightful Mary Berry and published in BBC Good Food magazine.

I've made this cake before and even blogged about it, but in case you missed it the last time I thought I'd give you another chance to enjoy the recipe.  I have found it to be a remarkably good recipe, works if you soak the dried fruit overnight, but also works if you soak it for a couple of hours as I did.  Mary suggests Earl Grey tea for soaking, but you can use any tea you like. You can also use any combination of dried fruit you like, I had a lot of dates, so half of my loaf is dates, the rest a mix of raisins, currants and mixed dried fruit.


Mary's Tea Time Cake

350g/12oz mix dried fruit
225g/8oz soft light brown sugar
300ml/1/2 pt hot tea, made with two tea bags.
275g/10oz self-raising flour
zest of a lemon
1 large egg, beaten

1. Put the dried fruit and sugar in a bowl and pour over the hot tea.
2. Leave to soak overnight, or if you are in a hurry for two hours.
3. Heat the oven to 150C/130C fan/gas 2
4. Line a 900g/2lb loaf tin with baking parchment or use a loaf tin liner
5. Add the flour, lemon zest and beaten egg and stir with a spoon till mixed through.
6. Bake for 11/4 to 11/2 hrs or until it is well risen, firm to the touch and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
7. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack to cool.
8. Peel of the baking paper or liner and serve sliced with or without butter 



 I'm linking up to Bake of the Week at Casa Costello


And also to my own Recipe Clippings challenge, if you have made a recipe that you have clipped from a magazine, handwritten  or printed out from the internet, you can link up here or on the linked post. Full details of the Recipe Clippings blog event



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27 Comments:

At 4 February 2015 at 23:42 , Blogger Jean said...

What a lovely cake - perfect for a treat with a morning coffee or an afternoon cup of tea.....or a bedtime mug of cocoa, not to mention the midnight munchies !!

 
At 5 February 2015 at 09:34 , Anonymous Helen at Casa Costello said...

Oh I really need to join in with your linky - Makes all those files of recipes hanging around the house seem necessary! This cake is the sort of cake I dreamed of always having in the cupboard for when guests call - 3 children later, I now realise cake doesn't ever hang around that long! Thanks for joining in with #Bakeoftheweek

 
At 5 February 2015 at 11:23 , Blogger Karen S Booth said...

What a LOVELY post and recipe Janice! I love recipes like this, as I must try to enter your clippings challenge this month too! Karen

 
At 5 February 2015 at 12:47 , Blogger Janice Pattie said...

It certainly is Jean.

 
At 5 February 2015 at 12:48 , Blogger Janice Pattie said...

It would be lovely to have you join me for #RecipeClippings Helen. My cakes last a lot longer now and sometimes I freeze some slices so I can quickly whip them out of the freezer and, at least, look like I always have cake in the house ;-)

 
At 5 February 2015 at 12:49 , Blogger Janice Pattie said...

Thanks Karen, it would be lovely to have join me for #RecipeClippings. I'm sure you have plenty of them!

 
At 5 February 2015 at 15:05 , Anonymous Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Janice, what a lovely loaf! I'd like a slice of it right this minute to go with the Earl Grey I'm drinking. I only recently saw Mary on TV for the first time (I'm in the US, plus I don't have cable, so I have to wait for shows to come out on Roku streaming) and she seemed soooo nice.

 
At 5 February 2015 at 19:15 , Blogger Lucy Corry - The Kitchenmaid said...

Hi Janice, happy new year! Love the idea of recipe clippings, god knows I have enough of them! Great looking loaf - very solid and sustaining. Hope you're well and that spring doesn't feel too far away, Lucy

 
At 5 February 2015 at 21:41 , Blogger Nayna Kanabar said...

This cake looks delicious . I love Mary Berry recipes they always turn out well.

 
At 6 February 2015 at 04:58 , Anonymous Manjiri said...

ah finally a blog post about cakes after all the healthy recipes , one must treat oneself now and again hehhehe, I love your recipe challenge idea too Janice , I have a large collection of clippings !

 
At 6 February 2015 at 10:57 , Blogger Rachel Cotterill said...

That looks really great, perfect for elevenses with a nice cuppa :-)

 
At 6 February 2015 at 15:04 , Blogger Sally Sellwood said...

I do love these kinds of cake - just so satisfying with a cup of tea. I have to say I'm not a big fan of Mary Berry but everything of hers that I've cooked turns out brilliantly

 
At 7 February 2015 at 09:02 , Blogger belleau kitchen said...

Oooh that looks so good. I love this kind of tea cake. My grandma used to bring somethingije this out after lunch on a Sunday and serve each slice slathered in butter!! Gorgeous!

 
At 7 February 2015 at 15:27 , Blogger GG said...

That would be Mr Glam's favourite. He loves a fruit cake and this one sounds both delicious ad flexible. GG

 
At 7 February 2015 at 22:22 , Blogger Charlene F said...

Looks wonderful, perfect with a cup of tea mid-morning or mid-afternoon. I wish I could take a slice for work :-) x

 
At 8 February 2015 at 11:24 , Anonymous Laura@Baking in Pyjamas said...

I love tea time cakes and like yourself have a folder of recipe clippings that I want to try, this fruit cake looks wonderful. I would love for you to stop by and share this and other recipes with us over at Sweet and Savoury Sunday. Have a great day!

 
At 8 February 2015 at 19:29 , Blogger Janice Pattie said...

Aw Mary is a lovely lady. I met her briefly at the BBC Good Food Show when she signed a couple of books for me. You should try the cake it's really good.

 
At 8 February 2015 at 19:30 , Blogger Janice Pattie said...

Lovely to have you visit Lucy and looking forward to you joining in with some Recipe Clippings.

 
At 8 February 2015 at 19:30 , Blogger Janice Pattie said...

Thanks Nanya, yes they do turn out well.

 
At 8 February 2015 at 19:31 , Blogger Janice Pattie said...

Ah well but it is low fat and full of fruit so almost healthy ;-)

 
At 8 February 2015 at 19:31 , Blogger Janice Pattie said...

Thanks Rachel, it's a great little cake and perfect with a cuppa

 
At 8 February 2015 at 19:32 , Blogger Janice Pattie said...

Her recipes are pretty foolproof and my go to baking book is her Fast Cakes book.

 
At 8 February 2015 at 19:33 , Blogger Janice Pattie said...

Yes, it's definitely a grandma cake -oh yes and as I am a grandmother, very appropriate!

 
At 8 February 2015 at 19:34 , Blogger Janice Pattie said...

Mr Glam has good taste, it freezes well too, cut in slices for quick defrost.

 
At 8 February 2015 at 19:34 , Blogger Janice Pattie said...

Thanks Charlene.

 
At 8 February 2015 at 19:35 , Blogger Janice Pattie said...

I will Laura, on my way over!

 
At 15 November 2015 at 00:23 , Blogger Hellsbells said...

Lovely cake! I didn't have earl grey tea bags so used some blood orange and raspberry ones instead (thought it might be a bit Christmassy...going to try cranberry ones next time!).

It was so easy to make (I only soaked fruit for a couple of hours)...was worried about the low cooking temperature but it was perfect! I think it's like a light malt loaf...I normally hate fruit cakes but really liked this (which is not good as trying to lose weight!!).

Thanks for sharing the recipe x

 

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