like mum used to make

Sundays are all about baking.

Especially when it's peeing it down outside, you can't be faffed to go to the shops and there's someone you want to impress coming to tea.


Seeing as it's the perfect time of year for steaming puds and a hearty slice of something tasty to go with your cuppa, each Friday, we'll post a recipe courtesy of the best bakers we know (our mums).

Then all you need to do is pick up the ingredients on your way home and then come Sunday, you'll be all set for baking bliss.

First up is Kat H's mum, Anne, with her infamous recipe for tealoaf.

Its best enjoyed with a generous helping of butter, a big mug of tea and keeps well if you wrap it in greaseproof paper.


Anne's Tea Loaf


170ml (1/2 pint) cold tea
300g dried mixed fruit
125g muscovado sugar
300g self raising flour
1 large egg - beaten
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg

What you need to do:

1. Pour the cold tea (minus tea-leaves) over the mixed fruit and sugar and leave to soak overnight (or a minimum of 4 hours).

2. Preheat oven to Gas Mark 3 (325F/170C)

3. Mix in the beaten egg and add sieved flour and spices. If the mixture seems a bit dry, you can always add orange juice. And if you're feeling fancy, you can also chuck in some apricots (dried or tinned), glace cherries or nuts of your choice to the mixture before cooking.

4. When you're done mixing, spoon the mixture in a greased loaf tin and cook for about 1 hour. You’ll know it’s ready when you pop a skewer into centre of loaf and it comes out clean.

5. Leave to cool on a wire rack and then eat sliced by itself or with butter.

So come Sunday, not only will your kitchen smell wonderful but your all important tea guest will think you're a natural domestic god/goddess.

More Sunday baking gems next Friday.