Delia walks you through this simple tea bread recipe for delicious results – perfect for beginners and for baking with kids.
Equipment and preparation: You will need one pleated bread loaf tin 900g/2lb with a base measurement of 9x16cm/3½x6½in lightly buttered.
For the loaf cake
- 175g/6oz ready-to-eat apricots, each chopped in half
- 175g/6oz cooking apple (1 medium apple), into 1cm/½in chunks with skins on
- 175g/6oz pecan nuts
- pinch of salt
- 1½ level tsp baking powder
- 2 rounded tsp cinnamon
- 110g/4oz plain flour
- 110g/4oz whole wheat flour
- 110g/4oz butter, at room temperature
- 175g/6oz soft brown sugar
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 3 tbsp milk
For the topping
- 4 cubes demerara sugar, roughly crushed
- ¼ level tsp ground cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
- When the oven has preheated, spread the nuts out on a baking sheet and toast them lightly for about 8 minutes, using a timer so that you don’t forget them.
- After that, remove them from the oven to a chopping board, let them cool a bit, then chop them roughly.
- Meanwhile, take a large mixing bowl, sift the salt, baking powder, cinnamon and both flours into it, holding the sieve up high to give the flour a good airing and adding the bran from the sieve. Then simply add all the rest of the ingredients except the fruit and nuts.
- Take an electric hand whisk, begin to beat the mixture on a slow speed, then increase the speed to mix everything thoroughly before folding in the apricot, apples and pecans.
- When it’s all mixed add some more milk if necessary to give a mixture that drops easily off a spoon, then pile the mixture into the tin, level the top, sprinkle on the crushed sugar cubes and cinnamon, and bake in the center of the oven for 1¼-1½ hours or until the cake feels springy in the center.
- After that remove it from the oven, let it cool for about 5 minutes in the tin, then turn it out on to a wire tray and let it get completely cold before transferring it to a tin. The storage tin may not be needed if there are people around, as this loaf tends to vanish very quickly.