Mincemeat and Marzipan Teabread

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I guess many of you, like me, still have the odd bits left over from Christmas. The chocolates, admittedly, are long gone but I did have a large unopened jar of mincemeat  that I had intended for mince pies but then never got round to making them. Everytime I opened the cupboard door the mincemeat berated me for neglecting it! I can across this recipe in a Good Food recipe book a couple of years ago but felt it needed tinkering with so tinker I did.

The Good Food recipe called for diced marzipan but I felt it got lost during the baking so I went for a Stollen approach with a layer of marzipan running through the cake. I added a bit of spice and prettied it up with flaked almonds. The resulting cake is moist and flavour packed and gorgeous with a cuppa after a long walk with the dogs.

This recipe makes 2 x 1kg (2lb) teabreads which keep well in an airtight container but freeze well too.

Ingredients

  • 1lb self raising flour
  • 8oz cold butter
  • 6oz light brown sugar
  • 10oz marzipan
  • 4 free range eggs
  • 600g mincemeat
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 0.5tsp mixed spice
  • handful of flaked almonds

Method

  1. preheat the oven to 180C/ 160C fan/gas mark 4
  2. Line 2 x 1kg (2lb) loaf tins
  3. Rub together the flour, butter, spices and sugar until they resemble breadcrumbs.
  4. Add the eggs and mincemeat and mix well.
  5. spoon a layer of mixture into each loaf tin.
  6. Roll out the marzipan until it is approximately 1 cm thick and add a layer to each tin. (I used the bottom of the tins as a template so that the marzipan fitted perfectly)
  7. Divide the remaining mixture between the tins.
  8. Sprinkle the flaked almonds over the mixtures
  9. Bake in the oven for approximately an hour (cover with foil part way through if the cakes start to brown too quickly). Remember that when testing with a skewer the marzipan will
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