Erm, no butter? No sugar? Then why bother, right?
I thought the same way too! But this is so moist, and good that you will not regret making the decision to try it out like I did. But before I give you the recipe, I have to tell you all about how I stumbled on this beauty of a recipe!
Since I have moved to Kerala, where the hight of excitement is going to the movies, my moments to of total fun come from weekend getaways to the My Food Story residence. While most of the time, I work pretty hard at negating the sobriety in Kerala, sometimes we end up talking shop about food, cooking, baking and the works. So the last time I was there Richa baked this totally delicious tea cake loaded with dry fruits which, gasp, had zero butter! Usually when someone says butterless cake, its followed by “but there’s oil”. But this one was literally zero fat in that it was both butterless and without oil. Now that’s just the jackpot!
And ever since I saw the recipe posted on the Teabox blog, I was itching to try it out. But I was back in Kerala by this point. So that meant ingredients were not as readily available as they are in Bangalore. I knew I wanted to add some pecans and cranberries in the cake along with the usual raisins and cashew nuts. And it was when I was dreading the 45 minute drive to Lulu mall for ingredient scouting, that I came across the Place of Origin website. They have a pretty good collection of dry fruits and I ended up buying some brazil nuts too.
While reading up on tea based cakes, I stumbled upon a version with no sugar too. So I decided I could try that out with my recipe. I did top my loaf with some tangy orange marmalade, but it’s good on its own too. It’s a moist, dense cake with some lovely cinnamon flavour laced with a hint of the tea. And honestly I would not be able to tell it was butter less or sugar less if I hadn’t known. But a word of caution, once it’s cool, store in an airtight container, or it could harden.
This loaf is perfect with some hot tea, or even for breakfast with a steaming mug of coffee.