Fancy a guilt-free teatime treat? This fruity loaf is full of health-boosting antioxidants – and it’s low-fat!
- 1 Darjeeling tea bag
- 300g (11oz) soft dried fruit such as apricots, prunes or apples
- 175g (6oz) soft brown sugar
- 2 medium eggs, beaten
- 225g (8oz) wholemeal flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp mixed spice
Grease and base line a 1kg (2¼ lb) loaf tin. Soak the tea bag in 300ml (½ pt) boiling water for 5 mins. Roughly chop the fruit and add to the tea, discarding the tea bag and soak for 2-3 hours.
Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F, gas mark 4). Mix in the sugar and eggs.
Mix together the flour, baking powder and mixed spice and fold into the fruit mixture.
Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 1½ hours or until firm to touch and a skewer comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly before slicing.
Darjeeling tea gives this loaf a sweet, exotic flavour. But it also tastes great made with Earl Grey.