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Spiced Christmas Tea Loaf

Chai Spiced Christmas Loaf Cake

Fill your house with the scent of seasonal baking with this delicious Indian Spice Chai infused fruit loaf with a Christmassy twist.

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes
Serves: 4

For the cake:

  • 275g mixed dried fruit
  • 3 Dragonfly Indian Spice Chai teabags, steeped for 5 minutes in 300ml boiled water
  • 60g soft dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp black treacle
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2½ tsp baking powder
  • 275g plain flour
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp salt

For the icing:

  • 400g good quality white chocolate, broken up into pieces
  • 100ml double cream

For the decoration:

  • 1 orange, grated into long, thin peels
  • Star anise
  • Rosemary sprigs

Preheat the oven to 170°C (150°C fan). Grease and line a 900g loaf tin.

Put the steeped Dragonfly Indian Spice Chai tea and the dried fruit in a saucepan and bring just to the boil. Then simmer for 1 minute before adding the sugar and treacle. Remove from the heat and leave to cool for 10 minutes before stirring in the orange zest and eggs.

In a separate bowl, combine the baking powder, flour, nutmeg, ginger and salt.

Add the dry ingredients to the tea mixture and stir gently to combine. Spoon the mix into the loaf tin and bake for approximately 45 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean.

Whilst baking, make the icing by placing the chocolate into a glass bowl and set over the top of a saucepan of simmering water. Stir occasionally until melted and smooth. Ensure the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl.

Remove from the heat and stir to cool slightly before adding the cream; mix well to combine. Set aside to cool completely.

Cool the cake on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then remove from the tin and cool fully.

Evenly pour the icing over the the cake creating a drip effect on the sides. Decorate with orange peel, star anise and rosemary sprigs.

Serve with a mug of Dragonfly Indian Spice Chai and enjoy! 

Chai Spiced Christmas Loaf Cake

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