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Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Apricot Tea Bread

I haven't made a tea bread for some time and always find them to be really good value, as they get better after several days wrapped in foil.  Dried apricots are once of my favourite things and as I was looking for an 'A' bake for AlphaBakes AND a bake suitable for a  Village Fair, Fete or Show for the Calendar Cakes challenge,  it was just the excuse I needed to make this loaf.  It certainly turned out well, it's fruity, moisty and chewy, it really doesn't need any butter but you could spread some on if that's your thing.  There wasn't any strong taste from the Whittards WhiteTea with Pomegranate that I used for soaking just an overall fruity flavour.

Apricot Tea Bread

350g/12oz mixture of apricots and mixed dried fruit (you can use all apricots but I wanted to use up some ends of bags of raisins and sultanas)225g/8oz mix of light and dark muscovado sugar
300ml/1/2 pt hot Whittards White Tea with Pomegranate (any tea will do, but I used this as I had just reviewed it.)
275g/10oz self-raising flour
zest of an orange
1 large egg, beaten

1. Put the dried fruit and sugar in a bowl and pour over the hot tea.
2. Leave it overnight to soak up the tea, but I didn't have time, so mine got 2 hours and was still pretty wet.
3. Heat the oven to 150C/130C fan/gas 2
4. Line a 900g/2lb loaf tin with baking parchment or one of those clever loaf tin liners.
5. Add the flour, lemon zest and beaten egg and stir iwth 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.
Peel of the baking paper or liner and serve sliced with or without butter.

Alphabakes is run by Ros at The more than occasional baker and Caroline at Caroline Makes and  Calendar Cakes is hosted by Rachel at Dolly Bakes and Laura at Laura Loves Cakes.

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At 24 April 2013 at 20:39 , Anonymous Camilla @FabFood4All said...

Lovely Janice and if I'd had some Apricots I would have started soaking straight away. I was expecting to see yeast in the ingredients but this is so easy that I shall have to make it the next time I have some dried apricots:-)

At 24 April 2013 at 22:09 , Blogger Janice said...

You don't need to use apricots, I've made it with dates before, any dried fruit will do. I just love apricots and always have them in the house. It is super easy to make.

At 25 April 2013 at 08:51 , Blogger Debs Dust Bunny said...

I LOVE dried apricots. I must give this recipe a try. Thank you!

At 25 April 2013 at 10:58 , Anonymous Claudia said...

Hi Janice,

this looks abolutely delicious! I have eaten a similar bread in Switerland several times that had been made with dried pears.

I made the experience several times as well that many liquids won't add an intense taste when baked. Regarding (green) tea, matcha could be a solution. I never tried that myself so far, just a thought.


At 25 April 2013 at 15:15 , Blogger Unknown said...

I still have some dried apricots leftover from the Nigel Slater cake I made so think this one might be on this weekends 'to do' list.

At 25 April 2013 at 17:33 , Blogger Choclette said...

It looks lovely Janice - dried apricots are delicious.

At 28 April 2013 at 13:19 , Anonymous Corina said...

Tea bread reminds me of my gran. It looks so easy to make I might try and have a go. I'm such a lazy blogger I haven't made anything new for ages but I am feeling the beginnings of inspiration!

At 28 April 2013 at 19:38 , Blogger Caroline said...

Mmm, you've reminded me that it's been too long since I last made a teabread. I love them too.

At 28 April 2013 at 22:21 , Blogger Baking Addict said...

I like the idea of soaking the fruits in tea before baking. Thanks for entering AlphaBakes.

At 23 June 2014 at 11:26 , Anonymous Patent Lawyer said...

I'm closing my eyes, imagining a slice of this with my cup of tea of an afternoon! So gorgeous!

At 10 February 2015 at 05:50 , Blogger Sweeter Life Club said...

I like this apricot flavor very much that's why I also like your delicious Apricot Loaf Cake.

Apricot Loaf Cake Recipes


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