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Gill Bland

Earl Grey & Lemon Teabread

Posted by Gill Bland Monday, 27th June 2016

Anyone for tea and tennis? Wimbledon is upon us once again and with it the excuse to lounge around in the sun eating strawberries and drinking G&Ts. In our dreams. Sadly, we know that the great British summertime can sometimes be less that sweltering and we can’t all write off an afternoon to a jug of Pimms. This recipe harnesses the joy of a traditional British pastime and a hint of summer but is also easy to take to work or nibble whilst watching the clouds roll over.

 

 

Traditionally tea bread is made with orange juice and zest but since Earl Grey is often drunk with a slice of lemon I thought I’d try swapping it for something a bit more zesty. I think the extra tartness really lifts it and makes it just a touch more summery.

 

If you’re in the mood for the summery baking, here are some other suggestions

Earl Grey Teabread 

Earl Grey & Lemon Teabread

This recipe is tweaked from Hestercombe House Tea Rooms recipe book.

Ingredients 

  • 135g butter
  • 275g self raising flour
  • 125g demerara sugar
  • 3 earl grey teabags or 1 heaped tsp of loose leafed tea
  • 320ml boiling water
  • 150g sultanas (you could sub-out some for mixed peel if you want more citrus)
  • zest of 1 lemon OR 1/2 tsp lemon essence
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1tsp allspice or other spices as you desire, to taste

 

Method

  1. Steep the tea in the boiling water for a few minutes, then strain or remove the teabags.
  2. In a large saucepan heat the tea, sugar, lemon zest, butter, and sultanas. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 5 minutes. This will plump up the sultanas.
  3. Leave to cool and preheat oven to 180c.
  4. Add the flour, bicarbonate of soda and spice to the wet mixture and beat thoroughly until combined and without lumps.
  5. Pour into a greased loaf tin (2lb), sprinkle a little demerara over the top and bake for 1 hour.
  6. You make need to cover the top with foil during the last 20mins to stop it going too dark.

 

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