Donna Hay's Earl Grey Tea Cake

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Recipe by Tricia Mendes

A lovely moist tea loaf, from the kitchens of Donna Hay. I found it in a Sunday newspaper magazine and it has become a family favourite. It is very simple to prepare. Can't comment on how long it keeps or whether it freezes well - never been able to keep one for long enough to find out!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 160°C.
  2. Place the dates, bicarbonate of soda and tea in a bowl and set aside for 10 minutes.
  3. Using a hand-held blender, blend the date mixture until smooth. Set aside.
  4. Place the apple, flour and sugar in a bowl and mix to combine.
  5. Add the butter, vanilla, eggs and date mixture and mix well to combine.
  6. Spoon into a lightly-greased 2.5 litre capacity (10 cup) loaf tin and bake for 45 -55 minutes, or until cooked when tested with a skewer.
  7. Allow to cool in tin for 10 minutes before turning out on to a wire tack to cool completely.

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