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Fruit tea bread recipe + a tea giveaway

Fat Mum Slim /

Care for a cuppa? I remember when I was younger that the things Ma and her friends would do, would be hanging out and having a cup of tea. It seemed so grown up.

Having moved to a new area with only a handful of friends I look forward to the days that I have friends over for tea. We’re going to have a BBQ with a few of our neighbours soon, and then I’m sure tea will follow.

Recently Twinings sent me over a beautiful wooden box filled with their range of teas. They’d kindly labeled them and sorted from mild to strong, as they’ve just launched their extra strong black tea blend, Assam Bold. I’ll definitely be sorted when visitors pop on by.

I also decided to get a bit creative with my tea and make the fruit tea bread below. Can I just say that this is a new favourite for me? I love dried fruits, but sometimes the textures can be a bit weird for me so I decided to blend them with my hand-blender, and it left the bread with a yummy texture and taste.

Ingredients

350g mixed dried fruit {I used apricots, sultanas, apples, dates and peaches}
2 cups (500ml) cold tea {I used Twinings ASSAM BOLD}
125g caster sugar
125g butter
1 egg
1 1/2 cups self-raising flour
1 tsp mixed spice {optional}

Method

♥ Place the mixed fruit in a bowl and pour the cold tea over the top. Cover with cling wrap and place in the fridge overnight.
♥ The next day, when you’re ready to cook, preheat the oven to 170 degrees celcius. Grease a loaf pan {mine was 25cm x 10cm}.
♥ Drain the fruit and discard the soaking liquid.
♥ Place the fruit in a saucepan, add sugar, butter and 150ml of water. Bring the mixture to the boil and then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Allow to cool.
♥ Using a hand blender, blend the fruit mix roughly. This is optional but I prefer my fruit to be not so chunky. You can leave yours as is, if you like.
♥ Add flour and egg {and your mixed spice if you’re using it}. Stir well to combine.
♥ Pour into the prepared tin and then place into the oven. Cook for 90 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. If the top of your bread is cooking too quickly, just pop some foil or baking paper over the top so it doesn’t burn.
♥ To serve, spread butter and have some tea!

Twinings have released their strongest tea yet, for those who really like their tea full-flavoured, Assam Bold. So if you’ve been putting two bags into one cup to make your tea strong in flavour… forgetaboutit. This tea is so full of flavour you’ll only need the one. It’s extra strong, but has a smooth malty taste as well. It’s available from Coles and Woolworths supermarkets.

One lucky person is going to win a Twinings tea pack which includes a beautiful wooden tea box filled with 6 yummy teas. To be in the running to win simply leave a comment below answering the following question: Who is one person {dead or alive} that you’d love to share a cup of tea with, and why?

Competition closes 19th October 2012.
Entries open to Australian residents only.
One entry per person.
Winner will be notified by email, and announced in this post.

This is a sponsored post. You can read more on my disclosure policy.

The winner of this competition is Reen. Congratulations.

@Fatmumslim