Monday 30 April 2012

My Gran's currant loaf

I am not the best cook in the world but whenever I cook my gran's currant loaf I am always asked for the recipe... so here it is. My 97 year old grandmother got this recipe out of a women's magazine in the 1950s, she has been cooking it ever since!

This currant loaf recipe was one of the first things I cooked with my kids. It has very few steps so they get the joy of mixing and I don't stress with a long list of ingredients and processes.

1 generous cup of cold tea
1 cup of currants
1 cup of caster sugar (you can reduce this by a quarter to a half if you want a low sugar version)
2 cups of self raising flour
Pinch of salt

Combine the tea, currants and sugar in a bowl. Cover and leave for at least 2 hours or preferably overnight.

Line a loaf tin with baking paper. In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt. Slowly add the tea/currant mixture while stirring to avoid lumps. If a child is helping I find the whole lot is added in a fast gush..... so the mixture will need extra stirring to get rid of lumps.

Pour cake/loaf mixture into your prepared tin and bake at 180 degrees C (356F) for 50 minutes.

When cooled, slice and serve with butter.

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  1. That sounds great Ali. Love the addition of tea! So frugal

    1. Thanks, My gran was born in the depression so she is very good at being frugal. She would never make a cup of tea just to make this recipe (like I do) – she would use the dregs from the teapot. :)

  2. Yum, that looks delicious! I'm going to try this tomorrow, I have never seen a recipe using tea!

    1. I hope you like it. Love for you to come back and tell me how it went.

    2. Hi Ali, I have this recipe on a piece of paper that was my grandmothers. She has written on it Currant Loaf Recipe wins 5 pound. Sounds like this may be where she won it. My mum would have been 104 this year, so gran about 30 years older. I made the cake last night but overcooked it. It was still beautiful just crusty around the edges.

  3. Ohh, love the idea of using the dregs of your tea for your cake! Such a great idea. I wonder if chai tea dregs would work well too? Will have to give this a go :-)

    And thanks so much for sharing on Happy lil ❤'s are baking Ali x

    1. I don't know whether chai would work - but definitely worth a go.


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