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Earl Grey and lemon mini loaf cakes

by Urvashi Roe
Earl Grey and lemon mini loaf cakes

Earl Grey and lemon mini loaf cakes

  • Snack
  • easy
  • makes 8
  • 1 hour 15 minutes, plus 40 minutes to infuse the milk and 30 minutes to set the icing

PT1H15M

PT70M

Why not try?

Why bother with tea loaf when you can have Urvashi's glorious little loaf cakes, infused with the flavour of Earl Grey and - tea purists will be happy to hear - lemon. Lemon always proves a popular guest at a tea party, and here the zesty icing is spooned over the top while the cakes are still a little warm, creating a sort of lemon drizzle effect. When dry, the crispness of the icing contrasts irresistibly with the softness of the sponge - these little loaves really are a glorious mix of flavours and textures.

Ingredients

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1
To begin, place the milk in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Take it off the heat and immerse the Earl Grey tea bags in the hot milk. Cover the pan and set aside for 40 minutes
2
Squeeze the teabags out of the liquid and set aside to cool some more
3
Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Grease and line 8 mini loaf tins with a strip of baking paper along the base
4
Cream the butter and sugar together using an electric whisk or free standing mixer with a paddle attachment. It takes a while – about 10 minutes and you’ll need to scrape down the sides of the bowl from time to time
5
When it’s light and fluffy add the eggs one by one and mix well. Add half of the flour and half of the tea-infused milk and mix until combined. Add the rest of the flour and milk and mix until there are no traces of flour in the bowl
6
Divide the mixture between the mini loaf tins. They should be approximately two thirds full
7
Bake them for 25 minutes until golden brown. To check that they are cooked all the way through, insert a cocktail stick into the centre of each one. If it comes out clean they are ready. Set them on a wire rack to cool
8
To make the icing, mix the lemon juice, zest and icing sugar together into a smooth paste. It should be quite gloopy so it doesn’t dribble too much down the sides (though a little dribble is okay)
9
Pour over the loaves and leave the icing to set for about 30 minutes. Decorate with sugar flowers (optional) and serve
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