Great British Bake Off Week 6: Mango, Coconut, Ginger, and Mint Tea Loaf

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Can you tell I’m trying to use up some of the random ingredients from my cupboards? I have made regular tea loaf cake before, and it’s a much underrated baked good I think, so simple to put together, but of course requiring a bit of forward planning to soak your fruit overnight….and yeah, technically it isn’t a yeasted dough, but I was at work all day people! I ain’t got time for that!

After claiming to Mr M that we had too much tea in the cupboard (yes, I said too much tea!) I did in fact have to go buy more mint tea in order to make this, as Mr M has been going peppermint tea crazy! He is also a tea snob, and gave strict instructions that I wasn’t to buy any old mint tea, it had to be good mint tea.

Well…..

I bought some Pukka Herbs Three Mint teabags, brought them home, made Mr M a cup o’ tea…. Apparently “most tasty”. But will the flavour translate to the loaf?

Mango, Coconut, Ginger, and Mint Tea Loaf Cake Recipe

Ingredients:

250g dried mango, chopped

100g desiccated coconut

200g sugar

1 tsp ground ginger

1 pint hot, strong mint tea (I used 3 three mint teabags in 1 pint of hot water)

3 pieces stem ginger, chopped (from a jar of ginger in syrup)

270g self raising flour

1 free range egg

Method:

Pour the hot tea over the mango and coconut, and stir in sugar and spice. Leave to sit overnight.

Preheat the oven to 160°C/ 325°F/ gas mark 3

Mix flour, ginger, and egg into the fruity tea mixture, adding milk to moisten to a thick batter consistency(I usually have to add extra flour rather than milk as otherwise the mixture is  too runny and and it ends up too soggy when baked.)

Pour into a lined loaf tin and bake for 55-65 minutes (note: I had to add an extra 30 minutes until mine was cooked), or until an inserted skewer comes out clean.

Mango Tea Loaf

It’s one of those recipes that could go two ways, either it could have worked really well, or it could be horrible. Thankfully it is the former. The main flavour is mango, with a hint of mint from the tea, the ginger mainly comes through with the chopped pieces of stem ginger. It’s a lighter, fruitier tasting version of a tea loaf, like if Yorkshire was really a tropical island somewhere!

Mr M has taste tested and approved….. and added it to the list of cakes he would like made for his last day at work.

I feel an all day bakeathon is in my future……

I’m linking this post up to the Great Bloggers Bake Off run by the Crazy Kitchen and Mummy Mishaps

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13 comments

  1. Wow, what an amazing combination of flavours, it must taste delicious!

    1. Yeah, it’s a little different from my usual tea loaf but tasty!

  2. jennypaulin · · Reply

    wow that is a huuuuge powerful flavour sensation right there in that delicious looking loaf! it has a lovely colour to it too. x
    thanks for linking up x

    1. Like a holiday in your mouth!

  3. I love the idea of using mint tea as I don’t like normal tea 🙂 (I know I’m a freak!)

    1. I actually don’t like any tea! Which I believe is something akin to heresy as an english person, but I generally am not a big fan of hot drinks. I make a rare exception for hot chocolate and mulled apple juice in the winter, but really hate coffee. I am just the maker of the tea and coffee in our house!

  4. that looks lovely, although I’m not a mint tea fan I think I might like it with all the other flavours in this.
    thanks for joining in.

  5. Mmm, I love the sound of these flavours. How creative and original! Looks delicious 🙂

  6. Wow, such interesting flavours…and I love mint tea! (Has your husband had Tea Pigs mint tea?!) 😉

    1. He thinks so. Now I have to go make him one!

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