Today I was searching out some wartime/ration recipes and stumbled across this recipe. Except NOW for the life of me, I cant seem to find it. So that means that I have to rely on my memory, hopefully it doesn't let me down...I love easy cheap recipes!
The title of this post says no sugar because I didn't put any in although the recipe did say to add it. In my opinion the loaf tastes fine without it. If you like sweetness, by all means add sugar.
*If my memory serves me correct the recipe said you could add an egg and or milk if the mixture was too dry, but this wasn't a problem for me because I used a mug of tea rather than a standard cup.
So here is the recipe;
One Cup Tea Loaf
1 cup of dried fruit (I used 1/4 cup each of out of date chopped apricots, chopped dates, currants, sultanas. I also added a bit of lemon rind)
1 cup of tea (I used a mug)
1 cup of sugar (I did not add sugar at all)
2 cups of SR Flour (I used 1/4 cup wholemeal and 1 3/4 cup white)
Soak dried fruit in the tea overnight. (I did this for a couple of hours).
Once the fruit has plumped up and the water cooled, add the flour (and sugar if you are using, I think it is not needed because of the sweetness of the fruit). Also add in a sprinkling of mixed spice.
Mix well and place in loaf tin.
Bake in 180C oven for 20-30 minutes or until ready when skewer comes out clean.
Remove from oven and let sit in tin for ten minutes before turning out onto rack.
Serve sliced with butter...yummo!
Soaking dried fruit in tea.
The finished loaf.
Delicious with a spread of butter.