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    Walnut and apricot tea loaf

    • Vegetarian
    • Preparation time: 15 minutes
    • Cooking time: 75 minutes
    • Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes 60 minutes 30 minutes

    Makes: 1 loaf (10 slices)


    200g soft apricots, chopped
    300ml jasmine green tea (made with a tea bag and boiling water)
    300g plain flour
    2 tsp baking powder
    75g butter
    ¼ tsp ground cloves
    1 tsp ground cinnamon
    50g light brown muscovado sugar
    75g walnuts, chopped
    1 medium Waitrose British Blacktail Free Range Egg
    150ml buttermilk


    1. Preheat the oven to 180°C gas mark 4. Butter and base line a 900g loaf tin. Place the apricots in a bowl and pour over the tea. Leave to stand for 15 minutes.

    2. Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl and rub in the butter until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs. Stir in the spices, sugar and walnuts. Whisk the egg with the buttermilk and add to the dry ingredients with the apricots and any liquid. Spoon into the prepared tin and level the surface.

    3. Bake for 1-1¼ hours until the loaf is risen and golden and a skewer emerges clean from the centre. Cool in the tin for 5 minutes then turn onto a rack and leave until cold. Ideally wrap and store for 24 hours to let the spices develop their flavour.

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