Fruity teacake

Fruity teacake

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr Plus soaking

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 12

Perfect with a reviving cuppa, this cake is a keeper and will happily sit in a tin for a week or so

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
231
protein
3g
carbs
48g
fat
4g
saturates
3g
fibre
1g
sugar
33g
salt
0.27g

Ingredients

  • 300g mixture dried berries and cherries
  • 225ml hot tea
  • juice 1 orange (about 75ml/2½fl oz) plus zest
  • 50g butter
  • 100g light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 4 tbsp demerara sugar

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Method

  1. Place the dried fruits in a bowl and pour over the hot tea, orange juice and zest. Cover with cling film, then leave for at least 4 hrs or better still overnight.
  2. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease and line the base of a 2lb loaf tin. Beat together the butter and sugar until creamy, then beat in the egg followed by the flour. Carefully stir through the fruit mixture. Spoon the mixture into the tin, then smooth over the surface with the back of a spoon. Sprinkle all over with a thick layer of demerara sugar.
  3. Bake for 1 hr or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin, then turn out, cut into slices and serve.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, August 2009

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sexygymbaby's picture
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Used Earl Grey tea to soak the fruit - lovely, crumbly cake with moist fruit. Will definitely bake again especially with so little butter and sugar!!

gillianmn's picture
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This is sooooo tasty made a couple of days ago added cranberries glazed cherries, did not have an orange so used fresh orange with bits also had to bake for 1hr 20mins. It's nearly all gone went down well with the family so am now making another. Fruit soaking in tea still didn't have an orange so used the juice and jest of a Satsuma and added some walnuts. If this turns out as well as the first I will be happy.

alicer90's picture
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Yummy!! I accidentally used dark brown sugar instead of light, but it still tasted lovely (Just a bit more christmas-cakey). Will definitely be making again!

asmelly's picture
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Very easy to make and freeze! A fantastic flavour, and I don't even like tea! I took this to Kraft with me at a nursery and it kept the staff goings all day! Really good, cooked dry well and remained nice and moist even after freezing. I used an even mix of sultanas, raisins and currants for the dried fruit!

singer65's picture

Fantastic cake. Sooooooo moist.got cherries and berries from Lidls made up the shortfall with raisins.Was so nice, making two tomorrow.

reeve28's picture

Made this cake with 100g of cherries and 250g of raisen/sultana mix. Left out the zest and only soaked the fruit for 30 mins. Added all fruit &tea to mixure.I also didnt add the sugar on top... its is afterall meant to be low fat!? It turned out well and really yummy. Im doing weight watchers after havingba baby and am glad I can now have a slice of cake on sunday with my coffee.

nanacath's picture
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Great flavours but a bit too sweet, will reduce sugar next time. Lovely with a cup of tea.

jcd's picture
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Scrumptious. As only baking for 2, made as a traybake (1 litre foil dish - approx 11cm x 20cm) using 1/2 measures of the ingredients. Used the other half of the beaten egg in a different recipe. Made with mix of dried fruits I had in the house (raisins, cranberries, chopped dates, chopped apricots) and glace cherries. Baked for approx 30 mins @ 180 deg C. Can get 12 portions from this bake. Lovely and moist even 5 days later. Eat it with low fat fruit yoghurt on top for breakfast as part of our calorie controlled diet.

tselert's picture
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I tried this yesterday and my family love it! Thanks. I used all cranberries.

mirandabest's picture
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Followed recipe, didn't change anything. Turned out lovely. Slice using a bread knife.

spouselet's picture
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Update on my cake from family and friends - so lovely and moist, when are you making another one soon! This is an excellent recipe - so I have given it five stars.

spouselet's picture
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I made this with 100g of mixed fruit, 100g of currants and 100g of raisins but left out the orange juice and zest. I also didn't put any sugar on the top when baking. I baked it in the centre of the oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes when it was done. I have yet to taste it to tomorrow and will let you know then with an update. I also soaked the fruit with hot tea for about half an hour and boosted it with one full minute in the microwave!

stokieuk's picture
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Love this recipe and have made time and time again. Very easy and very nice soft cake :)

I always add a little freshly grated ginger & nutmeg. Make sure to leave the tea to completely soak in to the dried fruit.

melitajm's picture
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Lovely recipe that I'll definately make again!

vivienmary's picture
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Whoops! forgot to mention that it took considerably longer to cook, about another 25 minutes to be exact! So keep putting it back into oven until the skewer comes out clean! By the way Aldi do a pack of Mxd Berries at quite a competitive price!

vivienmary's picture
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Great recipe! didnt have quite enough fruit, so added a few dried prunes and apricots, soaked for 48hours as I had forgotten it! Used fresh orange juice (with bits) instead of whole orange. Didnt have Demerara sugar so used muscovado instead with some chopped almonds on the top. Wasnt at all crumbly, in fact, very moist, will defro make it again, especially as its low in fat content!

laugh_producer's picture
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Really lovely and kept well. I added mixed spice in the dry mix and in the tea for soaking. Lovely.

catchtobin's picture
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Very tasty. Quick and easy to make. Put mixture in four half pound loaf tins and baked for 40 mins.

mellowmuppet's picture

Very tasty + fruity, really enjoyed it. Mine crumbled a bit when first cut but still thoroughly delicious. :D

palmerinthekitchen's picture

I have made this a couple of times and the last time I made it with mixed fruit and dried berries to try and keep the cost down Lasts well and everybody loved it.

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