A little experiment of mine – Guinness Loaf. My Yorkshire Tea Loaves are a favourite, succulent and moist, I thought I should experiment with other flavours.
350 g Dried fruit. Consisting of Figs, Dates, Prunes and Sultanas
330 ml Bottle of Guinness
2 Eggs Beaten
270g Self Raising Flour
200g Light Soft Brown Sugar
Add the Guinness to the mixed dried fruit, cover and leave overnight to allow all the goodness of the Guinness to soak into the fruits.
In the morning, preheat the oven to 160 deg Fan assisted electric oven and line two 1lb loaf tins with Baking Parchment.
Mix the fruits and Guinness with two beaten eggs, add the sugar and flour, mix thoroughly.
Pour into the 1lb Loaf Tins and bake for 40 – 50 mins. Testing with a skewer that the loaves are cooked evenly.
Leave in the tins until completely cooled, then remove from the loaf tins and wrap in more baking parchment and keep in an Airtight container.
Alternative: Use any combination of Mixed Dried Fruit, such as Sultanas, Raisins and Currants
Light, moist, fruity. Not too heavy taste of Guinness, but the taste is definitely there. Slight texture to a light Malt Loaf. Will be interesting to see what the taste and texture is like after a day or two of keeping wrapped and in an airtight tin.
Additional notes 6th June 2011
Since I started making this Loaf it’s now become a regular favourite at The Secret Tea Room. These are my alternatives.
I always use mixed dried fruit in the above recipe.
When I make Earl Grey Tea Loaves I soak the Mixed dried fruit in 350 ml Earl Grey Leaf Tea. I also add about 1 tsp Mixed Spice to the dry ingredients.
If you use a mix of Dark and Light Muscavado Sugar you get a much richer colour and Flavour.