Mate, Mint, Chocolate Tea Cake

My sister spent a month in Brazil during the Summer and one of the things she brought back home was mate tea. If you’ve been following my Instagram or Snapchat accounts for a while you might have seen us trying to make it. Either we failed miserbly or it just wasn’t for us. To give you an idea of what it’s like, it’s basically a big green mush that you drink through a metal straw and although it’s seriously popular in South America I don’t see it catching on here anytime soon. However it does have a number of health benefits (it’s reportedly rich in vitamins A, C, E and B) and is naturally stimulating, yet has a much lower caffeine content than coffee. So when I saw this toned down version of mate tea with added chocolate and peppermint flavour (by way of cocoa peels and peppermint) from Solaris Botanicals I had to give it a go.

I’ve been drinking it as a tea for weeks but one day while talking to my mom (who is an unreal baker), we thought it would be lovely infused into a cake or dessert. So after a bit of thought we came up with these tea infused loaf cakes. While not strictly “healthy” or low sugar, it is Halloween week so in keeping with the “naughty or nice” theme this can be the naughty dessert… Although I still think that anything homemade can’t be the worst!

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Recipe:

Makes 2 loaves

Ingredients:

230g flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

230g butter

180g sugar

2 tablespoons mate, chocolate, mint tea (finely ground)

5 eggs

Topping (optional):

tea water

1 teaspoon honey

Method:
  • Soak the tea in 1/4 cup boiling water for five minutes. Strain and keep the water for the cake topping.
  • Sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl.
  • Beat the butter, sugar and tea until light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs one at a time with some flour.
  • Mix in the rest of the flour.
  • Divide into two 1 pound loaf tins and bake t 180C for 1 hour (or until a metal skewer or knife comes out clean).
  • For the topping add 1 teaspoon of honey to the leftover tea water and reduce in a saucepan over a low heat. Pour over the cakes and sprinkle with icing sugar.

 

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Enjoy! Don’t forget to let me know if you try it!

Aisling