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Yorkshire Tea Loaf

Yorkshire Tea Loaf An alternative name for this recipe is Yorkshire Brack.  Brack simply refers to a cake made without fat, and it's incredibly simple to make.
Dried fruits are soaked in tea to plump them up and add moisture to this tasty cake.

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Yorkshire Tea Loaf
    Yorkshire Tea Loaf
  • 200g Castleford wholewheat flour

  • 200g sultanas

  • 150g dark muscovado sugar

  • 100g dates – stoned and chopped

  • 75g ground almonds

  • 50g glacé ginger

  • 250ml cold black Yorkshire Tea

  • 1 large egg - beaten

  • 2 tsp baking powder

  • 1 tsp ground mixed spice
Yorkshire Tea Loaf
    Yorkshire Tea Loaf
  • 8oz Castleford wholewheat flour

  • 8oz sultanas

  • 6oz dark muscovado sugar

  • 4oz dates – stoned and chopped

  • 3oz ground almonds

  • 2oz glacé ginger

  • 10floz cold black Yorkshire Tea

  • 1 large egg - beaten

  • 2 tsp baking powder

  • 1 tsp ground mixed spice
Yorkshire Tea Loaf
    Yorkshire Tea Loaf
  1. Place the sultanas, ginger, dates, sugar and cold tea in a mixing bowl.  Cover the bowl and leave the fruit to soak for 6 – 8 hours or overnight.

  2. Line a 1kg/2lb loaf tin.

  3. Heat the oven to 180°C gas 4.

  4. Add the egg, flour, ground almonds and mixed spice to the soaked fruit and tea mixture.
    Mix gently until all ingredients are combined adding a little milk if the mixture is dry.

  5. Pour all the mixture into the prepared loaf tin.

  6. Bake for 1 – 1¼ hours , or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.

  7. Allow the cake to cool and serve it sliced.