Fiery Festive Ginger Tea Loaf
If you love ginger as much as me then you're guaranteed to go gaga for this fiery tea loaf. It's got real bite (thanks to the freshly minced ginger inclusion) with just enough sweetness to make it the perfect accompaniment to afternoon tea... that's how we roll in this house anyway but feel free to have it any time of day with whatever preferential beverage you please. Whilst I've not been doing as much baking and general Christmas cooking as I usually would (I simply don't have the time this year) I made a point of rustling this loaf up the other morning in order to inject a little homemade holiday spirit into the kitchen - forcing the festive issue you might say. Being away from my own surroundings where I have all my utensils/tools etc. to hand can certainly be a challenge and even though I shouldn't use that as an excuse for my blogging tardiness, I am. Ha.
With mere days to go, however, the familiar panic is palpable but I'm eager to get ahead of the game by starting my official Christmas prep tomorrow... technically I gave it a nudge today by making my first batch of homemade goodies that will (hopefully) be placed in some cellophane bags, tied with pretty ribbon and adorned with a personalised stamp. If they ever get here that is, as I cleverly put the wrong postcode on all my Christmas orders -HURRAH! I actually almost went into meltdown mode when I realised I'd done this (can you say facepalm?) but still await my Lakeland/Not On The Highstreet delivery with baited breath. Something tells me I'm gonna waitin' a looooong time.
Regardless, the gifts will be made (I'm doing a mixture of truffles, 'rocky road' and brownies) and lovingly placed in some sort portable receptacle that will either impress or confuse. I've decided I'm not going to stress myself out too much about it though and enjoy these last few days before Christmas - we're even shoehorning in an overnight stay in Dublin before picking my Sister up from the airport after which we will then literally be 'driving home for Christmas'. Cue the singing.
what you'll need
2 1/2 cups self-raising flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 heaped tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp allspice
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1/2 cup simple syrup or other sweetener
1 cup soya milk
1 tsp cider vinegar
1 tsp vanilla extract
5 deglet nour dates, finely chopped
2 inch piece of ginger, peeled and minced
what you'll do
pre-heat the oven to 175 degrees celsius/ 350 fahrenheit.
gently whisk the flour, sugar and spices together to get rid of any clumps.
whisk the coconut oil, soya milk, syrup, vinegar and extract together until thoroughly combined. stir in the dates and minced ginger.
make a well in the centre of the flour and pour in the wet mixture. fold gently until everything is combined and then pour the batter into a medium greased loaf tin.
tap the loaf tin on the surface to get rid of any air bubbles and bake for 45-50mins or until a skewer comes out clean. remove from oven let it rest for 10mins before turning it out onto a wire rack. serve warm or let it cool and dust over a little icing for an extra festive flourish.