tea. As well as attempting to start my mornings with a healthy green tea, I've been finding other ways to a. take tea, and b. eat healthily. What better way than with a fragrant, fat-free Earl Grey tea loaf? A delicious way to detox.
5 Earl Grey tea bags
100g apricots, chopped to the size of the raisins
1 tbsp orange flower water
1 orange or clementine, zest and juice
200g light soft brown sugar
400g self-raising flour
1 tbsp mixed spice
25g flaked almonds
1. Brew your tea-bags with 300ml boiling water. Leave for at least five minutes.
2. Put the raisins and apricots into a pan, pour over your tea, and bring to the boil. Leave for about an hour, both for the fruit to plump up in the tea and for everything to cool down.
3. Preheat your oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4, butter and line your loaf tin.
4. Add the orange flower water to the fruit mixture and grate over the orange zest.
5. Beat together the eggs and the sugar, either in a freestanding mixer or by hand.
6. Mix in the sieved flour and spice.
7. Stir in the fruit, the tea, and the juice of the orange, and mix well.
8. Scrape this sweet-smelling batter into your loaf tin, smooth down the top, scatter over the almonds, and put into the centre of your oven.
9. Bake for one hour, test with a skewer or toothpick. Give it another ten minutes if batter still sticks to your tester.
10. When cooked, allow the loaf to cool in its tin on a rack, before turning out.
Best served with a hot cup of tea and a good old chinwag.
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