It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, but I have been baking, promise! Here’s my first bit of evidence – spotted dog. This is basically a very simple fruit tealoaf from the bible that is BBC Good Food’s 101 Cakes & Bakes (I do use other books, honest). I’ve been meaning to bake it for a very long time, and finally got round to it last week.
I’ve never heard of a tealoaf being referred to as ‘spotted dog’, but I rather like the name. As you can see, the ‘spots’ come from mixed dried fruit, which is basically chucked in a bowl with the other ingredients and stirred for a bit before baking. There’s supposed to be some kneading, too, but my mix turned out a bit too wet for that.
It really was ridiculously easy to make. This is pretty much a cross between bread and cake, and I usually don’t do very well with bread (and with cake sometimes!), but this turned out perfectly. Well, it was a little lopsided when it came out of the tin, but that’s what I call ‘rustic’…
As it turns out, spotted dog is delicious when sliced up, warmed through and spread with butter. Of course, a cup of tea is also a must. The tealoaf itself was a little denser than I expected, but not in an unpleasant way. It’s also surprisingly sweet considering that there isn’t much sugar in it, but that would be because of the dried fruit!
All in all, this is a lovely bake to try if you fancy something simple yet pleasing with your mid-morning/afternoon cup of tea. I might be tempted to add some gentle spicing to the mix next time – perhaps some ginger, mixed spice or cloves, maybe. But it’s pretty damn good as it is!
From BBC Good Food 101 Cakes & Bakes and also available online here: http://insearchofafullstomach.blogspot.co.uk/2009/03/spotted-dog.html