In my previous post I shared my love of tea, so it's perhaps unsurprising I have a tea recipe for you today - a beautiful Blueberry and Earl Grey Tea Cake.
Earl Grey is perhaps one of the most beautifully fragrant teas, and is one so many of us are familiar with . It's heady scent is so uplifting and aromatic, thanks to the addition of bergamont (which is an oil extracted from the bergamont orange).
As beautiful as it is as a tea I'm not a black tea drinker, but I do love to use Earl Grey in baking. So when I received a sample of the beautiful French Earl Grey by Deitea as part of my Mr Earl tea box I just knew I had to do something with it. I settled on Blueberry Loaf Cake infused with Earl Grey. The scent of cooked blueberries always reminds me of Earl Grey tea, and vice versa, so a partnership between the two only seemed natural.
Fat is a wonderful flavour conductor, if you are ever looking to infuse any particular flavour into a recipe. In this case a heaped teaspoon of Earl Grey tea leaves was added to melted butter and left for 20 minutes to infuse before the tea leaves are strained away, leaving a beautiful and amazingly aromatic butter. You could of course leave the tea in the butter, and therefore the cake, but that decision is yours.
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Blueberry and Earl Grey Tea Cake recipe
- 150 g unsalted butter ⅔ cup
- 1 tsp heaped Earl Grey tea leaves
- 220 g caster sugar 1 cup, superfine
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup thick Greek-style yoghurt or sour cream
- 200 g plain flour 1 ⅔ cups, all purpose
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp bicarbonate soda baking
- ¼ tsp salt
- zest of 1 lemon
- 125 g fresh or frozen blueberries
- Preheat oven to 160 celsius (320 fahrenheit) and grease and line a 22cm x 8cm loaf tin with baking paper. Place the butter in a small saucepan over a medium low heat along with the tea leaves and stir until melted. Set aside for 20 minutes to infuse. Strain the butter through a fine mesh sieve and discard the tea leaves.
- Place all the ingredients except the blueberries in a bowl and stir well to combine. Add the blueberries and mix through carefully. Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf tin and bake for 1 hour, or until the cake is cooked and a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out cleanly. Dust with icing (confectioners) sugar and top with extra blueberries to serve.