Deliciously moreish mini tea loaves from the Halo Baking Emporium and Chocolaterie in Moseley Birmingham UK today. These mini delights are light and airy, and perfectly sized for an afternoon tea treat.
I make mine with cinnamon and ginger, however feel free to play around with the spices you use, just remember that you want the loaves to remain delicate and light. With the recipe below it’s as though you’re eating a cloud that’s wafted through a spice garden. (This poetic description is a roundabout way of saying you can enjoy an awful lot of them without feeling heavy or over stuffed!)
Gluten Free Spiced Apple Mini Tea Loaves Recipe
- 90g unsalted butter, softened
- 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 110g caster sugar
- 200g gluten free self raising flour (I use Dove Farms Organics)
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp gluten free baking powder
- 150ml milk
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 ½ tsp ground ginger
- 1 apple
- A few teaspoons granulated brown/golden sugar, for topping
- Preheat oven to 160C fan assisted, 180 if not.
2. Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla extract together.
3. Add the egg and beat together.
4. Spoon in the cinnamon, ginger, and baking powder. Add the flour and milk gradually, I tend to add a bit of the flour, whisk, a bit of the milk, whisk, and carry on until it is all just blended together and smooth.
5. Spoon the mixture into mini loaf cases. I love the silicone ones as the mini loaves just pop straight out when they’re done.
6. Slice the apple as thinly as your knife skills and patience will allow. Layer the slices on the top of the little loaves. Sprinkle with some granulated brown or golden sugar.
7. Bake for about 20 minutes. The tops of the loaves should be golden brown, and spring back when lightly pressed.
8. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool a little, although I do love to eat these warm!
These are wonderful just as they are with a pot of tea, or you can move them up a level by serving them with double cream whipped with powdered ginger and a spoon of honey.
They also freeze very well if you wrap them individually, and will keep for weeks in the freezer until you need them, making them brilliantly suited to make in bulk and save for unexpected guests. Where I come from, it’s the accepted custom to both bring something to anyone you are visiting, and provide food for anyone who visits you, so a little treat like this to always have on hand is very useful!
As is some self control when faced with the absolute plethora of food that results from courtesy. Or failing that, elasticated waist garments.
Wishing you guests that bring lovely food and even better conversation, Halo from the Halo Baking Emporium and Chocolaterie in Moseley Birmingham UK.