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Hi people!

Sorry I’m sharing this today instead of yesterday, when I’m not blogging I’m cooking or shopping πŸ™‚ in that order.

Still on lent/fasting recipes, this loaf can serve as an inbetween snack with a hot cut of tea, hot chocolate or a glass of smoothie. This tea loaf hardly lasts at home and is quite filling. I love the crunch of nuts in it and the little bursts of extra sweetness the raisins give, it has become a staple snack in my home, I suggest you do same.

Some points to note in the recipe is, it originally made with castor sugar but I prefer light brown sugar instead. It’s rich and adds a depth of sweetness for me, it also makes the cake extra moist but especially crumbly but I don’t mind at all. The cake literally disappears in my mouth, it’s that good! The mixture always give me extra after I have poured the batter into the loaf pan before baking, so what do I do? I improvised by doubling foil take away packs as my half loaf pan πŸ™‚ , you can use a mini loaf pan if you have one.

Now lets get on with the recipe.

Ingredients : ( makes 1 1/2 loaves)

1 1/2 cups plain flour

3 cups freshly grated carrots

1 cup sunflower/canola oil

3 eegs

1/2 cup melted butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cups almonds

1/2 cup mixed fruit / raisins

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

1 teaspoon allspice

1 teaspoon salt

*Doubled foil take away pack for the half loaf

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Finely grated

Melted butter

Melted butter

Method :

Place oven rack in the middle of the oven, preheat oven on medium which is gas 4 or 350β—‹F/180β—‹C. My gas has just high and low so I put the gas mark in the centre.

Grease the loaf pan with butter then sprinkle loose flour over it so the loaf comes out easily when baked.

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Combine flour, spices, salt, baking soda amd baking powder, Β basically all the dry ingredients in a bowl and seive 2 times in order to make sure they all mix well together. Β Set aside.

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Chop the almonds roughly or if using a dry blender, pulse once so it doesn’t become almond powder.

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Beat eggs with an electric mixer until fluffy, add oil to it and continue beating until thick and smooth. About 5 minutes.

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Add sugar and continue beating until smooth.

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What the batter should look like

What the batter should look like

Stir in the melted butter and carrots.

Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture, pour the carrot mixture and mix carefully.

Stir in the almonds and raisins.

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Pour into a greased pan.

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Sprinkle some carrots on it if you like *optional

Sprinkle some carrots on it if you like *optional

Place pan in the centre of the oven rack and bake for 40-60 minutes, start checking for doneness after 40 minutes. Once an inserted toothpick comes out clean, tea loaf is ready! *place improvised foil pan on the side of the oven rack where there’s less heat otherwise it will burn before the bigger one is baked.

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My half loaf

My half loaf

Allow the loaf cool in the pan for at least 10 minutes then take it out and eat let it continue cooling on a rack.

Enjoy! πŸ˜‰

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Couldn’t resist a pinch

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Store in a plastic container and freeze, take out slices 10 minutes before you’re ready to snack on it so it thaws, you can microwave for 60 seconds if you like.

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Have a blessed week ahead!

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Azu πŸ™‚ .