Adventure Tea Loaf Recipe

I love me some tea. So does my fiance. We particularly love a little tea shop called Yumchaa (you can go to their shop in soho or camden or buy online). They make gorgeous red, green, black and white tea blends all with their own wonderful carachters. Our favourite by far is a red tea called Adventure.

It is a rooibos with dried apple, kiwi fruit, almond pieces, hibiscus and caramel. It is spectacular! 

So I got to thinking, would this work as a good tea bread? And by god it does!

Its is sweet and fruity and is lovely toasted and drizzled with honey. I only wish I had a photograph to share with you but I ate it all up so fast I didnt get a chance! 

Here is the recipe!

Ingredients:

200g glace cherries
2 tsp adventure tea
200ml hot water
300g flour
1tsp baking powder
110g caster sugar
1 egg

Recipe:

Add the hot water to the tea in a jug and leave to stew for about 10 minutes.

Chop up the glace cherries and place them in a bowl. 

Strain the tea and pour it over the cherries. Allow to sit for 20 minutes 

In a seperate bowl mix together all of the dry ingredients. 

Slowly add the contents of the cherry bowl into the mix, followed by the egg. Mix until smooth.

Pour into a loaf tin.

Bake for around 45mins on gas mark 6 or until a tooth pick inserted into the middle comes out clean. 

Enjoy with a lovely cup of adventure tea! 

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Herby Garlic Dough Rolls

The other day my Fiance and I were making ourselves a pizza for dinner (we love to make our own pizza together) when I realised that we had no garlic bread! (For us this is huge – we could eat garlic bread forever). What we did have, however, was more dough than we could get in our skillet. So I had a brain wave. And this is what it looked like:

I call these my herby garlic dough rolls. They are so buttery and garlicy and yummy! So today, I thought I would share my creation with you! Here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

Dough:

140ml Water

1 tbsp Olive Oil

225g Strong White Bread Flour

1tsp Dried Herbs

1tsp Salt

1/2tsp Sugar

1/2tsp Easy Blend Dried Yeast

Filling

A Handful of Mozzarella

4 Cloves of Garlic

100g Butter

Method:

Add all of the dough ingredients to the bread maker and set to the dough setting. This is usually about 30 Mins of kneading followed by an hour of prooving. 

If you dont have a bread maker, you can just use your hands. Put all of the dry ingredients into a bowl, then slowly add in the water bit by bit, mixing with a wooden spoon until you no longer can. Then continue to mix with your hands, until you have a dough starting to form. Tip the bowl out onto a floured surface and knead until it all comes together into a smooth springy dough that bounces back if you press your finger gently into it.  Then leave in an oiled bowl to proove, about and hour or until doubled in size. 

Whilst waiting for your dough to proove, soften the butter in a small bowl. Finely chop 4 garlic cloves. Cream the garlic clives into the butter then beat until creamy and spreadable. 

Take your dough and knock it back on an oiled surface then stretch it into a rough rectangle. 

Spread the garlic butter all over the dough right to the edges. Sprinkle over the mozzarella then roll up along the long edge. 

Cut into bite size amounts. I cut my roll or garlicy goodness in half, then half again, then half again, so that I had 8 peices.

Place them in a baking dish as you would a batch of cinnamon rolls, and bake until golden brown. Around gas mark 7 for 20 to 30 minutes. 
Enjoy! Try not to gobble them up before you get them to the dinner table!

Cherry Bakewell Tray Bake

Hello all! I am popping in today to share with you a recipe for my yummy Cherry Bakewell Tray Bake, which I road tested on my colleagues just this morning and it has gone down a treat! Its so fragrant and lovely!

I used a 9x13ins brownie tin (thats roughly 23x33cm)

Ingredients:

3 Large Eggs

200g Baking Spread (I used Stork)

150g Self Raising Flour

75g Ground Almonds

200g Golden Caster

50g Glace Cherries

A little Icing Sugar For Dusting

50g Icing Sugar for Icing

A Few Drops of Almond Extract

A Splash of Milk

Method:

Preheat the oven to gas mark 6.

In a large bowl, combine the sugar and baking spread followed by the eggs to form a runny batter.

Then sift in the flour, followed by the ground almonds and mix until smooth.

Roughly chop the cherries and dust them with icing sugar. This just stops them from sticking together and sinking straight to the bottom of the cake tin. Stie them into the cake mix.

Pour the mix into a greased tray bake tin and bake for 25 to 30 Minutes or until a pick placed into the center of the cake comes out clean. 

To make the Icing, whisk together the icing sugar, a couple of drops of almond extract and a splash of milk. Add the milk a very small amount at a time until the desired consistency is acheived. It should be thick enough that it does not run straight off the cake.

Et Voila! Now make yourself a cup of tea and enjoy the fruits of your labour! 

Giant Cinnamon Bun! 

I love cinnamon a lot. Its so warming and festive. This saturday the weather was atrocious so I thought what could be nicer than some cinnamon buns? A giant bun of course! 

Prepare yourself – its super cinnamony!

Ingredients:

For the Dough:

180ml milk

1 egg

1tbsp Yeast

50g Butter

50g Sugar

1tsp Salt

1 tsp Cinnamon

390g Flour

For the Filling:

70g Butter, softened

60g Golden Caster Sugar

2tbsp Cinnamon

For the Icing:

50g Icing Sugar

Milk

1tsp Cinnamon

Method:

First gently warm the milk in a saucepan and add in the butter. Once the butter has melted whisk in the yeast.

In a seperate bowl mix together the flour, salt, sugar and cinnamon.

Pour the yeasty milk mixture into the dry ingredients, along with the egg. You may need to add a little more flour or milk at this point, depending on the consistency you have acheived. 

When it has reached a soft doughy state, tip it out onto a floured surface, and knead for 10 minutes, or until the dough bounces back when you press your finger on it. Leave it to rest for 10 minutes.

Line your slowcooker with liberally greased parchment paper.

After 10 minutes, roll out the dough into a rectangle. 

Whip the softened butter so it is light and easy to spread then spread it all over the dough, leaving a little butter for later.

Sprinkle with the golden caster augae.

Then the cinnamon.

Then roll it into a log. 

With traditional rolls you would slice the log into bits. For my giant cinnamon bun however, you just give the log a gentle rolling to flatten the top just a smidge, then do thr same prcess with the butter, sugar and cinnamon again. 

Finally roll it into a whirl and put it into the lined slow cooker. Cool on high speed for around 2-2.5 hours. 

To ice, just whisk together icing sugar, cinnamon and milk. Add a very small amount of milk at a time, until you reach a thick glossy consistency.

Enjoy!

Lemon and Poppy Seed Muffins

I love lemon and poppy seed and thought this was a perfect opportunity to indulge myself!

Ingredients:

200g Self Raising Flour

100g Golden Caster Sugar

1 Egg

120ml Milk

50ml Oil

30ml Lemon Juice

40g Poppy Seed

Method:

Preheat the oven to gas mark 6. 

Place all of the dry ingredients in one bowl (except the poppy seeds) and all of the wet ingredients in another. 
Whisk the wet ingredients together and stir the dry ingredients together.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients a little at a time and stir until smooth. 

Add in the poppy seeds.

Spoon into your muffin cases and bake for 20 minutes.
Enjoy!

Banana Cinnamon Muffins

Funnily enough, I cant stand bananas. Never liked them, never will. They just dont sit right with me. But for some reason, in cake, I have no issues with them. Maybe subconciously I dont like them because I know they are healthy so I wont eat thrm on their own but cake gets rid of the healthy aspect… or maybr cake just makes everything edible…
Anyways, here is this Sundays muffin recipe! Enjoy !

Ingredients:

200g Self Raising Flour

100g Golden Caster Sugar

1 Egg

120ml Milk

50ml Oil

2 Bananas

2 Tbsp Cinnamon

Method:

Preheat the oven to gas mark 6. 

Place all of the dry ingredients in one bowl, the banana in another bowl and all of the wet ingredients in another. 
Whisk the wet ingredients together and stir the dry ingredients together.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients a little at a time and stir until smooth. 

Mash the banana and stir into mixture. 
Spoon into your muffin cases and bake for 20 minutes.
Enjoy!

Chocolate Muffin Recipe

Who doesnt love a good chocolatey cake eh? And this one is perfectly portable too! 
I decided to make muffins for my colleagues – I wanted to share a bit of extra energy with them, since this weekend was going to be crazy here in london. I came up with three variations on a recipe. They are so easy and so satisfying! Here is the first!

Ingredients:

200g Self Raising Flour

100g Golden Caster Sugar

1 Egg

130ml Milk

70ml Oil

40g Cocoa Powder

100g Chocolate Chips

Method:

Preheat the oven to gas mark 6. 

Place all of the dry ingredients in one bowl (except the chocolate chips) and all if the wet ingredients in another. 
Whisk the wet ingredients together and stir the dry ingredients together.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients a little at a time and stir until smooth. 

Add in the chocolate chips.

Spoon into your muffin cases and bake for 20 minutes.

Et voila. This makes 12 cupcake sized muffins or 8 muffin sized muffins.

Enjoy! Keep your eyes peeled for the next one thid time next week!