Richly fruited, lip-smackingly tangy and delightfully light. This Cinnamon Cherry Tea Bread needs no fancy adornments. It’s easy to make and is sure to please even the choosiest of cake connoisseurs.
Tea Bread never really excited me until a few years ago when I spotted some on a hotel breakfast buffet table. It looked rather good, so I took a slice. That slice was soft, with a good crumb and it was bursting with juicy dried fruits. Then there were the intoxicating notes of tea & spices on offer. Free for the taking, if you like. In just one bite, my life-long abstinence from tea bread was put to rest. I was smitten.
Confession: Prior to this revelation, I’d incorrectly categorised tea bread as being dry – so dry you have to coat it in a thick layer of butter. I also thought it was too dull to be worth using my jaw muscles on to eat.
In hindsight, unfairly harsh.
And I was brought up not to judge. I’m embarrassed.
I can only assume that as a very small child, I must have been served some shamefully bad tea bread. I can think of no other reason why I would have spent my adult life avoiding the stuff, when in truth, it’s a gem.
In a bid to make up for the lack of tea bread in 95% of my life to date, I’ve created this Cinnamon Cherry Tea Bread. It is all you could wish for in a cake. There’s a lovely tartness from the cherries, which mellows nicely with the cinnamon and a touch of honey. …