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
1/2 pint Chai Tea
6 oz chopped dates
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:
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!