Cake, Sweet

Earl Grey Tea Bread

Surprisingly for someone who loves tea as much as I do, it took me until my 32nd birthday to try tea bread.
I don’t know why I never had this before its lovely! And as you’d expect from the name it goes perfect with my copious amounts of tea.

My boyfriend bought me my first ever one as a birthday present and it came from an expensive artisan shop so when I tried it it was beautiful. The next one I tried was from Aldi – I never noticed it in there before but now I suddenly saw it.

Now, had I tried the Aldi one first I’d have loved it but as I had the Buxton tea bread it just didn’t taste anywhere near as good.

As usual this prompted me to try and make my own version. I used this recipe but changed the tea.

Good to know – Tea Loaf

This is the recipe I have used for my base but instead of Roobios I have used a lovely loose Earl Grey tea to infuse my fruit. I left it for about 5 hours to soak and I also added some extra mixed spice and some cinnamon. To top the cake off, for the last 20 minutes I have sprinkled the cake with a mix of brown sugar and cinnamon.
Unfortunately I can’t tell you how this has come out yet because although the cake looks and smells amazing, it says to wait at least two days!

I’m stuck looking at a lovely hot cake which I can’t eat. I really hope it’s worth it because I don’t have much restraint for resisting cake but if it makes it special then it’ll be worth it.

Food Ramblings

Finally feeding my Christmas cake

After my first Christmas cake attempt that went completely wrong, I have finally made my Christmas cake (big yay) and I am now trying to squeeze as much alcohol into it as I can before the time comes to decorate it.
This year I think the alcohol is going to be a mix of whatever we have sitting in our drinks cupboard.  So far my cake has enjoyed the remains of a bottle of dark rum and a splash of Amaretto.  My husband has informed me that one area of the cake is going to have extra alcohol in it as he tried to feed the cake and ended up dropping the bottle cap – guess it will be a lucky dip cake.

Fingers crossed that this cake will taste as good as my previous years but I have complete faith in the recipe as it is a classic Delia Smith one which can be found here – Delia’s Recipe.  There are a 2 certainties in life, everyone will die at some point and if you follow a Delia Smith recipe to the letter it will work.
Now, Delia isn’t my favourite chef and a lot of her recipes I find quite dated but when it comes to a classic like this, you really can’t go wrong.

If you’ve been making your Christmas cake then let me know how you’re getting on with it. Only 2 1/2 weeks to go till we get to try them!