Cranberry, Mincemeat & Ginger Tea Loaf

My first recipe for the New Year! Happy New Year to all my readers! And, it’s a fabulous tea time cake recipe for Cranberry, Mincemeat & Ginger Tea Loaf

Cranberry, Mincemeat & Ginger Tea Loaf
Cranberry, Mincemeat & Ginger Tea Loaf

My first recipe for the New Year! Happy New Year to all my readers! And, it’s a fabulous tea time cake recipe for Cranberry, Mincemeat & Ginger Tea Loaf.

A beautifully moist, tea loaf that is warmly spiced with ginger, and is studded with plump, fresh cranberries, as well as homemade mincemeat.

Today’s recipe was created with leftover cranberries and mincemeat from Christmas……although, there’s no such thing as leftover mincemeat in our house, as we all love it 365 days a year!

I added ground ginger for a touch of aromatic warmth – plus it really marries well with the other ingredients.

Cranberry, Mincemeat & Ginger Tea Loaf

A tea loaf is a cake. or should say a bake, that I make regularly. It’s perfect with an afternoon cuppa, and slices easily.

This Cranberry, Mincemeat & Ginger Tea Loaf will keep fresh in an airtight tin for at least a week. Serve it for a Sunday Tea Tray Supper, for elevenses, or for afternoon tea.

A tea loaf is a cake. or should say a bake, that I make regularly. It's perfect with an afternoon cuppa, and slices easily.

This Cranberry, Mincemeat & Ginger Tea Loaf will keep fresh in an airtight tin for at least a week. Serve it for a Sunday Tea Tray Supper, for elevenses, or for afternoon tea.

If you don’t have any fresh cranberries, add chopped dried apricots, sultanas or glace cherries.

Walnuts (or pecans) would also add a delicious nuttiness and texture to this tea loaf. And, I can confirm that cheese is DELICIOUS when served with it, similar to Christmas cake.

Cranberry, Mincemeat & Ginger Tea Loaf

I hope you enjoy my first recipe of the New Year, as much as we did when I made this – I have lots more new recipes up my sleeve, so pleaae do keep popping back to see what I’m making and baking.

Happy New Year – may 2024 be kind to you, Karen

Happy New Year 2016
Cranberry, Mincemeat & Ginger Tea Loaf

Cranberry, Mincemeat & Ginger Tea Loaf

Yield:
12 slices

Prep Time:
20 minutes

Cook Time:
1 hour

Total Time:
1 hour 20 minutes

My first recipe for the New Year! Happy New Year to all my readers! And, it’s a fabulous tea time cake recipe for Cranberry, Mincemeat & Ginger Tea Loaf.

A beautifully moist, tea loaf that is warmly spiced with ginger, and is studded with plump, fresh cranberries, as well as homemade mincemeat.

Today’s recipe was created with leftover cranberries and mincemeat from Christmas……although, there’s no such thing as leftover mincemeat in our house, as we all love it 365 days a year!

I added ground ginger for a touch of aromatic warmth – plus it really marries well with the other ingredients.

A tea loaf is a cake. or should say a bake, that I make regularly. It’s perfect with an afternoon cuppa, and slices easily.

This Cranberry, Mincemeat & Ginger Tea Loaf will keep fresh in an airtight tin for at least a week. Serve it for a Sunday Tea Tray Supper, for elevenses, or for afternoon tea.

If you don’t have any fresh cranberries, add chopped dried apricots, sultanas or glace cherries.

Walnuts (or pecans) would also add a delicious nuttiness and texture to this tea loaf. And, I can confirm that cheese is DELICIOUS when served with it, similar to Christmas cake.

I hope you enjoy my first recipe of the New Year, as much as we did when I made this – I have lots more new recipes up my sleeve, so pleaae do keep popping back to see what I’m making and baking.

Happy New Year – may 2024 be kind to you, Karen

Ingredients

  • 300g (12oz) SR Flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 100g (4oz) margarine or butter
  • 100g (4oz) dark soft brown sugar
  • 125g (5oz) mincemeat (homemade is best)
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 3 x 15ml spoons (3 tablespoons) milk
  • 80g (3oz) whole fresh cranberries

Instructions

    1. Mix flour and bicarbonate of soda together. Rub in the margarine or butter then stir in the sugar.

    2. Mix in the mincemeat, egg and milk to form a dough.

    3. Add the cranberries and mix well.

    4. Spoon the mixture into a well greased and lined 900g (2lb) loaf tin.

    5. Bake for about 1hr at 160C/325F/Gas mark 3 until well risen and firm.

    6. Turn out of the tin once the loaf is cool. Serve in slices.

Notes

Keeps well in a tin for up to a week.

Not suitable for freezing.

If you don’t have any fresh cranberries, add chopped dried apricots, sultanas or glace cherries.

Walnuts (or pecans) would also add a delicious nuttiness and texture to this tea loaf. And, I can confirm that cheese is DELICIOUS when served with it, similar to Christmas cake.

Nutrition Information

Yield 12

Serving Size 1

Amount Per Serving

Calories 58Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 18mgSodium 40mgCarbohydrates 9gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 2g

Cranberry, Mincemeat & Ginger Tea Loaf

On the second day of the 2024, I had to take my beloved Burmese cat to the vets, it was her last journey. I have shared below, for your information, the symptoms of CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease) along with my thoughts – I hope it will help some of you with feline friends, Karen

NIna

Nina 24/04/2011 – 02/01/2024

Fly high little one…..my Nina Beaner Cat, my friend and companion for 10yrs.

Taken too soon and suddenly by the silent killer, CKD (chronic kidney disease), such a cruel end to your life, where you lost half your body weight in just 4 weeks.

You were a kind and beautiful cat who had a bad start in life, but you certainly lived your best life when we adopted you.

Nina

My only solace is that your friend and sister cat, Cherie Berry Cat, is still here, although she’s already missing you.

If there’s one lasting legacy I can share about your life, it’s this:

1. Try to adopt, don’t shop, your entry into this world on a kitten farm, scarred you for most of your life. But we finally won your love and trust. If you do want a pedigree cat or dog, check out the breeders 1000% before buying.
2. CKD is the silent killer – as soon as the worst symptoms are evident, it’s usually stage 4, and too late. Here are the signs to watch out for:

In the early stages of CKD, there may be very few signs. The symptoms progress as kidney function declines and the cat starts to suffer more consequences of this. The commonly seen symptoms are:
• Increased thirst
• Increased urine production
• Reduced appetite
• Gradual weight loss due to poor appetite and loss of protein in the urine
• Vomiting due to toxin buildup in the system
• Lethargy/sleeping more
• Weakness due to muscle wastage, anaemia and low blood potassium
• Dehydration due to excess water loss into the urine
• Bad breath (halitosis) — Due to toxin build-up and oral and gastric ulceration 

Nina

3. Try to offer your feline friends wet and dry food, as 100% dry food, unless renal friendly, can cause kidney problems.
4. It’s worth asking for a blood test in older cats (8hrs+) to check how their kidneys are functioning, as there are kidney supplements, food and medicine that works very successfully with early stages of kidney disease.

Nina

Your end was my last unselfish act of love for you…..it was hard, but to see you struggling with incontinence, dramatic weight loss and your reduced appetite, was as heartbreaking as the decision I had to make.

However, we were both with you until the end, and the most humbling part was you still purred when I stroked you and talked to you – right until the end. Then you just slipped away, quietly and peacefully, which was all I wanted.

You will always remain our hearts little one, and we were privileged to have shared part of our lives with you, you were elegant, shy yet curious and a very enigmatic cat.

Nina

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