Thursday, May 20, 2010

Apricot Tea Bread

This recipe comes from ' 200 Cakes n Bakes' by Sara Lewis incidently my first ever 'purchased' book on baking.

The use of tea decoction and using up my apricots made me go for this recipe.


Preparation time : 25 mins, plus soaking
Baking Time : 1 hour

Ingredients :
100 gms ready-to-eat dried apricots
100 gms sultanas*
100 gms raisins*
150 gms caster sugar
300 ml of strong tea
275 gms self raising flour*
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 egg, beaten

Method :
Put the dried fruits and sugar in a mixing bowl, add hot tea and mix together. Soak for 4 hours or overnight.
Mix the flour, soda, cinnamon together, add to the soaked fruit with beaten egg, combine well.
Spoon into a greased 1 kg loaf tin, its base and 2 long sides lined with wax paper. Spread the surface level, bake in the centre of a pre-heated oven @ 160 C for about 1 hour or until well risen, the top should crack and skewer inserted into the centre should come out clean.
Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then loosen along the edges and lift out of tin using the lining paper, transfer to a wire rack. Cool completely. Cut into slices and spread with little butter to serve. Store, unbuttered, in an airtight tin for upto 1 week.

* I used tutti-frutti in lace of raisins and sultanas. The bread tasted good when warmed.

Sliced Apricot-Tea Bread

Happy Baking to all my dear friends!


Happy Cook said...

That is such a beautiful looking loaf.

Sushma Mallya said...

perfectly baked bread, looks so good and delicious

Swapna said...

Here you are with a new post :) Perfectly baked bread Purnima:)

Asha said...

OMG!! Look at that green addition to bread, looks moist and fab. Lovely for breakfast too. Good job.

SpicyTasty said...

I am big fan of apricot. But never think of this way. Your loaf looks sooo perfect and yummy . Soft and spongy, love to try your recipe sometime.

srikars kitchen said...

Looks fantastic.. cakes looks very soft & perfect..

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

wow..perfeclt baked loaf....loks fabulous..

first time here...u have a lovely space...just started blogging..and love to add u in my list..
ur comments/suggestions r highly appreciated..happy blogging...following u>>>>>>


Meera said...

Lovely picture!! reminded me of tutti fruity bread.

Nupur said...

How fun to include brewed tea in a cake- looks delicous!

Purnima said...

HC --> Thanks!

Sush --> Thankyou.

Swapna --> U nudged me into a came one! :) Thankyou dear.

Asha --> Glad to read your comments!

SpicyTasty --> My pleasure to share it!

Srimathi --> Thankyou!

Sanyukta --> Welcome alws! Tks for ur sweet words..u r very artistic wt food!

Meera --> true! This has a mild tea-flavour mingled wt Apricot too..glad u liked the pic.

Nupur --> Hmm..thats unique point abt this bread! Tea-apri combo - wonderful to hv wt tea. Thankyou!

Divya Kudua said...

This is truly a tea-cake/bread,by all means.I recently gifted a big batch of Apricots[which I had got as a gift] to my aunt who absolutely loves the dried version.Sigh,now I'll have to buy some to make this lovely looking bread..:):).

Aps said...

Purnima I love breads ne time nd this one i got to try but sure once m bac my vacation :)

Sharmilee! :) said...

Luv the flavour of the breads