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Lazy Chai afternoons: Chai Tea Bread & Mixed Spice Butter…

To fulfil my promise of giving you a “coming together” recipe every Sunday, this one really will make you forget all your troubles (for example, the grudge I may be holding against Mr. Kneady due to the fact he woke me up at 3am this morning…)

Anyway, I’m really over that.


But on the bright and spicy side, I adapted my Grandmother’s Tea Fruit Bread and made it in to a more modern sort of latte version, an afternoon slice worthy of any sort of Sunday you might be having.

I love chai tea.

I just adore all those aromas that waft from the likes of nutmeg and cinnamon and ginger.

So I decided that the only way to make myself and in effect, those around me happy today, I needed to make something that I truly love.

And I’ve  definitely always had a soft spot for this Tea Bread. Good old Grandma’s eh?

Nothing says Sunday like Grandmother’s cake!

We had my a big family dinner today with my sister, her husband, my niece and Mum and Dad, and instead of a pudding, we just sat and had coffee with a slice of chai. Heaven!

Chai Tea Bread & Mixed Spice Butter


You need:

1/2 pint Chai Tea

6 oz chopped dates

4oz butter

4oz sugar

9oz Self-raising

Pinch of salt

1/2 teaspoon of mixed spice

1 teaspoon of bi-carb


Pre-heat the oven to 130 degrees.

Place the tea in a jug and measure out the sugar, dates and butter while it brews slightly. Boil these together removing the teabag for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

While this is simmering, place all the dry ingredients in to a bowl and pour in the tea mix.

Mix and place in a lightly greased tin and cook for 2 hours. Don’t worry-it will be a little lumpy.

Turn half way through.

My Gran’s recipe did say 2.5 hours but I guess you will know how fast your own ovens cook.

For the butter:

85g butter

1 teaspoon mixed spice

2 teaspoon caster sugar

Mix together until smooth.

I’d stand in front of a mirror whilst you’re eating this. Pop a slice in and watch your face light up with delight!

Remember, Sunday’s are for relaxing and smiling and the only way to achieve this today is by eating cake!


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