Sunday, July 6, 2014

Mixed Berry Tea Loaf

On my last visit to the neighbourhood supermarket I got fascinated by rows of dried berries and fruits on display. I have been seeing a lot of my blogger friends settled abroad enjoying fresh berries and whipping up these amazing bakes. Staying in Kolkata I don't have such luck - fresh berries are not easily available and even if they are, not in my vicinity. There was this recipe of a tea loaf that had been lingering on my mind for a while now would be perfect to load it up with these gorgeous berries. I chose to go with some dried cranberries,cherries and also some melons and oranges.There I was all set to bake my Mixed Berry Tea Loaf.


Plain flour - 1 cup

Butter - 100 gms - at room temp - I used Amul butter

Castor Sugar - 1 cup

Eggs - 2 nos - at room temp

Vanilla essence - 1 tsp

Baking powder - 1 tsp

Dried mixed berries and fruits - 1 cup - finely chopped


Preheat oven to 165 - 170 C.

Grease and line a loaf tin.

Sieve the flour along with the baking powder and keep aside.

Roll the chopped dried fruits and berries in some flour and keep aside. This step is essential to ensure that the fruits don't sink to the bottom of the pan while baking.

In a bowl cream together the butter and sugar with a hand blender. Blend for atleast 3 to 4 mins till the mixture is light and fluffy.

At this point also add the vanilla essence. Mix well.

Add one egg at a time ,mixing well after each addition.

Fold in the flour - baking powder mix gently with a spatula. Add the chopped dried fruits and fold that in too. Keep some aside to garnish on top of the batter.

Pour the batter into the greased tin and bake at 165 -170C for 25- 30 mins or till a knife comes out clean when inserted into the cake. Pls keep a check as different ovens behave differently.

Happy Baking everyone..its not as difficult as it looks. It only requires some patience and precision!

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