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.
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
250g dried mango, chopped
100g desiccated coconut
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
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.
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……