Date and Apricot Teabread

My local fruit and vege shop recently had a delivery of the most delicious dates from Israel and whilst I am a fan of local produce and zero kilometer etc I have to confess to positively drooling over these dates and subsequently purchasing a whole kilo for way too much money!

Now these dates were far to delicious to ever put in a cake but they did give me the idea for this date and apricot teabread which is an energy packed cake great as a breakfast cake (strange idea but cake is widely eaten here in Italy for breakfast) or as a more traditional bake for an afternoon tea.

In theory you could substitute any combination of dried fruits and nuts to create ever changing cakes and likewise the tea in the recipe. As I only had lovely fresh isreali dates that I couldn’t bear to use in a cake I opted to use prunes instead. I used Earl Grey as its my favourite but you could use a standard breakfast tea for a fuller flavour or perhaps a rooibos for something entirely different.

Ingredients: 275g whole meal flour, 2 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1 1/2 tsp mixed spice, 75g butter, 100g dates (prunes), 100g dried apricots, 75g chopped nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts), 75g soft brown sugar, 200g black tea, 1 egg (beaten)

Preparation:
1. Mix the flour, baking powder and mixed spice in a large mixing bowl.
2. Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
3. Add in the chopped dried fruit and nuts and then beat in the egg and tea.
4. Pour into a loaf tin or round tin with 900g capacity.
5. Bake at 180C for c30 mins until golden and an inserted skewer comes out clean (to show it is cooked all the way through).
6. Leave to cool in the tin as it’s a wet cake mix and may break if you turn it out too early.
7. Indulge in at least one slice whilst warm.

dried prune

teabread mix

teabread mix2

teabread mix prebake

Date & Apricot Tea bread

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Comments
4 Responses to “Date and Apricot Teabread”
  1. Charisma says:

    Mm looks delicious and great flavours!

  2. There is no better taste than fresh dates. Your breakfast cake looks very appetizing.

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