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    Tea and Fruit Loaf

    Tea is used to soak the fruit in this traditional loaf as it imparts a strong malty flavour and ensures moist results.

    • Vegetarian
    • Preparation time: 20 minutes, plus overnight soaking
    • Cooking time: 90 minutes
    • Total time: 24 hours

    Makes: 12 slices

    Ingredients

    • 2 tbsp Waitrose Gold Premium Blend Loose Leaf Tea
    • 75g Waitrose Ready To Eat Sun Dried Specially Selected Large Apricots, roughly chopped
    • 75g Waitrose Ready To Eat Specially Selected Large French Prunes, roughly chopped
    • 100g Waitrose Cape Raisins
    • 50g Waitrose Glacé Fruits Italian Cut Mixed Peel
    • 225g Waitrose Dark Brown Soft Sugar
    • 2 medium eggs, beaten
    • 225g plain flour
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

    Method

    1. Place the tea in a measuring jug, pour over 300ml boiling water and allow to infuse for 4-5 minutes. Place the dried fruit, mixed peel and sugar into a large bowl and strain the hot tea over, then discard the leaves. Stir well, cover with clingfilm and leave to soak for 4-5 hours or overnight.
    2. Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Grease and line the base of a 900g loaf tin. Stir the eggs into the fruit mixture. Sift the flour, baking powder and cinnamon together and stir into the mixture until thoroughly combined.
    3. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 1½ hours, or until a skewer, inserted into the middle, comes out clean. Cover the top with foil if the loaf becomes too brown while cooking.
    4. Allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Serve cold, cut into slices.

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    Cook's tips

    To freeze, wrap well before freezing. Thaw for about 4 hours at room temperature.

    Use a pair of kitchen scissors to cut the dried fruit into pieces.

    Variation

    Instead of using mixed peel, increase the apricots and prunes to 100g each.

    Drinks recommendation

    There is really only one drink to enjoy with this traditional loaf - a refreshing cup of your favourite blend of freshly-made Waitrose tea.

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