Not sure how often friends ‘drop in for afternoon tea’ these days, but if you get a last minute call to say they’re on the way this quick and easy tea cake might work for you. Although I think I’d take the time to cut the apricots up and not just add them whole to the mixture.
It looks like this recipe has been cut off the side of a packet, although I’m not sure which packet it came from. I do know that it makes a great slice, really good for afternoon teas or to take on a picnic.
- 155g dried apricots
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 level teaspoon bi-carb soda
- 2¼ cups Self Raising flour
- ½ level teaspoon salt
- 60g margarine
- 125g (½ cup) sugar
- 30g margarine
- ½ cup oats
- 1 level tablespoon brown sugar
- 50g walnuts, finely chopped
Chop apricots, place into a basin with boiling water and soda, cover and stand ½ hour. Sift flour and salt into a basin, rub through margarine, add sugar, egg and apricot mixture, mix to combine. Grease loaf tin 22cm x 9cm x 6cm deep and sprinkle some oats over from the topping, then spoon in apricot batter. Melt margarine, add topping ingredients and mix well. Spoon topping over batter. Bake in a moderately hot oven 190ºC for 45-50 minutes. Cool slightly in the tin, remove and cool. Serve sliced and buttered if desired.