Friday, January 18, 2019

"Cake or death?"
"Eh, cake please."
"Very well! Give him cake!"
"Oh, thanks very much. It's very nice."

~Eddie Izzard

3 pm in the afternoon is the perfect time for cake.  A nice cup of tea and a slice of cake is what 3 pm is all about.  Any cake will do, of course, but a nice loaf is hard to beat at 3 pm with it's thick layer of butter and the appeal that it will just keep getting better as the days roll on.  
This recipe is hand written in one of my cookery books.  It's my mum's recipe and just as her recipe dictates it is called "Yorkshire T Bread".  I have added a few things over time but the basic recipe remains exactly the same and it's simplicity is only part of it's charm.  It's totally delicious.  It's even more delicious after a few days wrapped snugly in foil and preferably put somewhere out of sight so you are not tempted to eat it.  For those who avoid certain things in life, this cake also has the added bonus of being egg & diary free, for which I find most helpful when I realise I have totally run out of eggs.  (Please note I never run out of butter, I am some what of a butter hoarder!)

1 cup all bran cereal
1 cup sugar
1 cup fruit (This is where I like to get creative.  I usually add a mix of fruit and seeds.  This loaf has cranberries, pumpkin & flax seeds.  Use whatever combo you like the sound of)
1 cup of hot strong black tea
1 cup self raising flour
Pinch sea salt

Pre-heat the oven to 300F
Butter and line a 2lb loaf tin with parchment paper
In a large bowl mix together the All Bran, sugar and fruit
Add the hot tea and stir.  Leave the mix for 2 mins whilst the tea is absorbed.
Add in the flour and stir till mixed thoroughly
Place in the loaf tin and bake in the centre of the oven for about 2 hours.  Start checking after an hour and a half.  The top should be golden and the sides should be coming away from the tin.  Place a skewer into the centre of the loaf and if it comes out clean, it is ready
Turn out and leave to cool
Slice thickly and eat it spread with butter or just as it is.  Keep wrapped in foil and keep for a few days, if you have the will power, and it's even better.

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I will also be sharing a fabulous recipe for Fruit Malt Loaf.  All hail the loaf!  

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