Earl Grey Tea Cake

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cake and tea

Want to try a cake that actually tastes like tea?

Or combine a cup of tea within a cake?

Then try an Earl Grey Tea cake.

1 cup (140g) chopped fresh dates
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of (baking) soda
3/4 cup (180ml) brewed earl grey tea
2 apples, peeled and grated
1 1/4 (185g) self-raising flour, sifted
3/4 cup (135g) brown sugar
150g butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 eggs

Preheat oven to 160 degrees.  Place the dates, soda and tea in a bowl and set aside for 10 minutes.  Using a hand-held blender, blend the date mixture until smooth.

Place the apple, flour and sugar in a bowl and mix to combine.  Add the dates, tea and soda. Spoon into a lightly greased 2.5 litre capacity (10 cup) loaf tin and bake for 45-55 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer.  Allow to cool in tin for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Serve 6 – 8

Author: Sue Bell
Sue Bell is an entertainment writer and author of Backpacked: A mostly true story, Beat Street and When Dreamworks came to Stanley.

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