Fruity teacake

Fruity teacake

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(110 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr Plus soaking

Easy

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

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal231
  • fat4g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs48g
  • sugars33g
  • fibre1g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.27g
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Ingredients

  • 300g mixture dried berries and cherries
    Cherry

    Cherry

    che-ree

    One of the delights of the summer, cherries are much loved for their succulent texture, flavour…

  • 225ml hot tea
  • juice 1 orange (about 75ml/2½fl oz) plus zest
    Orange

    Orange

    or-ange

    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • 50g butter
    Butter

    Butter

    butt-err

    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 100g light brown sugar
    Sugar

    Sugar

    shuh-ga

    Honey and syrups made from concentrated fruit juice were the earliest known sweeteners. Today,…

  • 1 egg
    Eggs

    Egg

    egg

    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 4 tbsp demerara sugar

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.

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Sarahphe
4th Jan, 2015
5.05
I have made this a few times now and it is absolutely delicious! I soak the fruit for 24 hours before I use it and the cake turns out so light and moist. It barely lasts the day at work so I tend to make 2 at a time as it keeps well in the tin (if its not scoffed first!)
Varya
21st Dec, 2014
Great recipe! I use earl grey tea, and instead of orange juice - cognac. I also add spices - cinnamon, ginger, ground cloves, about 1 teaspoon.
RonB
14th Oct, 2014
Have made this twice now & love it. I've used "fruit tea" to soak the fruit for a different taste, just have to use a stronger brew (3 tea bags rather than one) todays is Ginger & Lemon it gives a fruity and slightly spicey taste to the cake. Only problem is it doesn't last very long!
moptop
13th Oct, 2014
Lovely. We used Red Bush tea and because some people said it was dry used juice from 2 oranges. We put foil over it for the last half an hour to stop it burning. Went down well with adults and children.
MyCool
12th Oct, 2014
5.05
My first attempt at a Teacake. Lovely taste and eady to follow recipe.
kerrysg
29th Sep, 2014
5.05
A great low fat treat for any fruit cake lover. Easy to make - thought it might be dry but the fruit (which I left in the tea for longer than the recipe said) made it really moist. The only other change I made was to decrease the amount of sugar on top to 4 teaspoons, instead of tablespoons
cang57
15th Jul, 2014
this cake turned out so moist and a lovely cake to have with a cuppa. i didnt put sugar on top. would highly recommend to try
panomotion
1st Jul, 2014
5.05
Fantastic cake! You can be creative with the dried fruit you want to use, and a splash of Cognacin the tea and orange mixture gives a nice touch. The cake comes out perfect every time and everyone wants a second slice, or three.
kate degnan
13th Apr, 2014
5.05
I used demerara sugar throughout and didn't have any orange zest. Soaked mixed berries and raisins with the tea along with some all spice and ginger, an did it overnight, was worried as it was very very thick when it when into the tin but it turned put beautifully... I found it difficult to slice without it crumbling but hey, just a good reason to do really thick slices! Goes very nicely with generous portion of butter.... Will do again for sure
jeanieh
10th Mar, 2014
This is a fantastic treat with a cup of tea. I've made it a few times now and it turns out delicious every time. Try it, you won't be disappointed.

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