Friday, May 20, 2011

Earl Grey Tea Cake

Are you more of a tea or coffee person? It's really hard for me to choose because I am a fan of both. I like the delicate taste of tea, but love the robust caffeine hit that coffee provides. In terms of tea, I enjoy green tea (especially the one with brown rice), earl grey, english breakfast, jasmine tea..etc. Coffee- My favourite would be cappuccino.

While I would incorporate coffee into bakes, this is the first time I am using tea. Having spot this recipe in the recent Donna Hay Magazine, I couldn't help but give it a go. Once again, I re-adapted it to my liking. I find this cake very moist and easy to eat. Next time, I would have used fresh tea leaves, and soak it into the dates a little longer.

It is a delicate cake that was very popular with my work colleagues. The tea taste was light but it definitely came out strong the next day.

Earl Grey Tea Cake (adapted from Donna Hay Magazine)
1.5 cups of chopped dried dates (original version calls for fresh dates)
1 tsp bicarb soda
1 cup of brewed earl grey tea. I used 2 tea bags.
2 apples peeled and chopped finely
1 1/4 cup of self raising flour
3/4 cup of brown sugar
150 grams butter melted
2 tsp of vanilla extract
4 eggs

Preheat Oven to 180C. Line baking loaf tin with baking paper. PLace dates, bicarb of soda and tea in a bowl. I left the tea bag in the bowl during this time for around 10 minutes.

Using the liquidiser, blend the mixture till smooth. Set aside.

Mix flour, apple and sugar in a bowl till combined. Add in butter, vanilla eggs and date mixture. Mix well. Spoon into loaf tin and bake for 45-50 minutes till cooked when tested with a skewer. Rest and cool before removing from tin.



Life for Beginners said...

Of late, I've been more of a coffee person than tea, but I will always love tea. My two faves? Japanese green tea and Earl Grey, so this sounds like the cake for me! :)

There's even Earl Grey ice-cream so I wonder how that will taste paired with your Earl Grey cake?

Mochachocolata Rita said...

The addition of apples and dates is interesting. I can imagine it working well. However, I've always wanted a plain earl grey cake with a very strong earl grey flavor too. I'll post when I found a great recipe.

My Asian Kitchen said...

I like the tea name!! sound interesting!! maybe I can bake chiffon cake wt it!!

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

I also bookmarked this recipe from Okashi book...yours look good too.

noobcook said...

I'm a tea person, I definitely will like this cake :)

tigerfish said...

I drink coffee more than tea - so I should be a coffee person. Having said that, I would not resist a tea cake as well.

Kitchen Belleicious said...

now i know what to do with all the tea I have in the pantry. I was on a huge tea kick there for a while and i think i went overload on it because now I don't want it at all but in bread- i can do that! Great idea and the bread looks divine!

Jen (Tastes of Home) said...

hehe, I love both coffee and tea too, this sounds like a lovely cake, the scent alone must be heavenly!

lena said...

hi daphne, i'm curious though of the taste of earl grey in cakes..

Nami @ Just One Cookbook said...

I love earl grey among all the kinds of tea, and there is no way that I don't bookmark this!!! Great! Thanks Daphne!

Joanne said...

I like my coffee in my morning and my tea throughout the rest of the day...and so why not eat it? What a delicious cake!

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

Pound cakes like these are pure classic, Daphne.

daphne said...

Kenny- I am so glad you like it!

Rita- Me too! I agree. Hope you will find the recipe soon!

Asian Kitchen- For sure! That will be soo nice.

Noobcook- :)

Tigerfish- hehe, i'm glad you are willing to try it.

Jessica- Just think of all the different possibilities with all kinds of tea!

Lena- Try it! ;)

Nami- Thanks for the kind words!

Joanne- it's healthy too ;)

Shirley- It sure is!

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