Helen's Fair Trade Welsh Tea Bread
Apart from being Fairtrade pioneers, what you might not know is that we’re talented bunch of bakers here at Traidcraft. You might remember in April’s Bulletin, we shared Lizy’s fair trade white chocolate cheesecake with you, and as it was so popular, we’ve decided to share another of the team’s recipes.
Traidcraft’s resident Nigella Lawson, Helen, has been known to cause quite a stir in the office due to her baking wizardry. Each Monday, Helen tests our will power by bringing in a selection of wonderful baked goods.
This month, Helen has kindly shared her Welsh Tea Bread recipe with us. Moist, fruity and just the right amount of sweet, it’s the perfect accompaniment to your mid-morning cuppa.
400g mixed fruit (I use Traidcraft raisins, sultanas, pineapple and apricots)
75g dried cranberries
Mug of hot, strong Traidcraft tea
100g butter or margarine
2 heaped tablespoons of Traidcraft marmalade
2 large eggs, beaten
450g self-raising flour (or a mix of white and wholemeal)
175g Traidcraft light brown, soft sugar
2 teaspoons of mixed spice
4 tablespoons of milk
1 tablespoon of Traidcraft Demerara Sugar (optional)
- Mix together the dried fruit and cranberries in a large bowl, then pour the hot tea over. Cover with cling film and leave to soak overnight.
- Pre heat oven to 160°C (fan) or 180°C/gas mark 4. Butter and line the bottom of a 900g/2lb loaf tin with baking parchment. Melt butter and marmalade together in a pan. Leave to cool for five mins, then beat in the eggs. Drain any excess tea from the fruit. Mix the flour, sugar and spices together, then stir in the fruit, butter mix and milk until evenly combined. The batter should softly drop from the spoon – add more milk if needed.
- Spoon into the tin and level the top. Sprinkle with the Demerara sugar (if you like a crunchy top!) and bake for 1-1¼ hrs until dark golden and a skewer inserted comes out clean. Cover loosely with foil if it starts to over-colour before the middle is cooked. Leave to cool completely in the tin and serve sliced. Drizzle with lemon water icing to decorate if desired.
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