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Old 03-14-2005, 04:49 PM   #1
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Irish Tea Loaf REC

Hi all. I just found this recipe today in my local newspaper

Irish Tea Loaf
Yields: 6 – 8 servings

1 c hot tea
2 c golden raisins
2 c currants
1 egg, beaten
1 t mixed spice
2 t baking powder
1 c packed brown sugar
3 c flour

Pour the hot tea over the dried fruit and leave to soak overnight. The next day, preheat the oven to 325F and butter a 7” cake pan.
Mix together the egg, mixed spice, baking powder, sugar, flour, and the dried fruit. Pour the mixture into the cake pan. Bake for 1 hours, or until it tests done. Remove from the oven and leave to cool for 5 minutes before turning the loaf out onto a wire rack.
Serve hot or toasted, with butter.

My main question is, does anyone know what "mixed spice" is? Is it something readily available here in the US, or do I need to mix my own blend? Are there any UK members that can help?

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Old 03-15-2005, 06:59 AM   #2
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Wink mixed spice

this is a mix of aromatic spice powders, usually containing cassia, cloves and nutmeg. you could substitute a garam masala or baharat, or use ground pimento berries, also called allspice. HTH, ping if more info neded. :p
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Old 03-15-2005, 07:18 AM   #3
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When I make a teabread with a similar recipe, I use a teaspoon of the following spices mixed together...
clove, cinnamon and ginger!

Allspice is good, though - and I use it for things like Christmas pud!

http://www.theepicentre.com/Spices/allspice.html
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Old 03-15-2005, 08:57 AM   #4
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Old 03-15-2005, 09:16 AM   #5
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If you like this recipe, you might like to try a slightly 'fancier' teabread recipe that I've posted in the Desserts forum. I make a couple of teabreads to have on hand for surprise visitors over the Easter holidays! 8-)
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