Twinings Simply Tea & Banana and Pecan Loaf

Twinings Simply Tea & Banana and Pecan Loaf
Why not make Twinings Simply Tea the focus of your morning with a luscious slice of banana and pecan loaf on the side.

Most mothers don't have time to sit quietly and savour some of the lesser known Twinings blends, but Simply Tea, is one of the most flavoursome and refreshing blends in the range.

Simply Tea was designed specifically to suit Australian tea tastes and is perfect for any time of the day.

"Australian's tea drinking preferences are unique to the rest of the world. Australians demand a fuller bodied tea and are highly discerning," says Stephen Twining, tenth generation of the famous tea family.

"Where English Breakfast tea was designed as a fuller bodied cup that works perfectly with the stronger flavoured breakfast food, Simply Tea is a good all-rounder that can be drunk at anytime of day, both as a morning wake up and an afternoon pick me up, with or without milk.

"Simply Tea was designed to have an attractive, coppery look without milk and a red, golden appearance with milk. It makes for a perfect cup of tea on all occasions," he added. "This particular blend is so enjoyable we have developed a recipe for banana bread that will complement it perfectly," he said.

For the ultimate indulgence any day, bake the banana and pecan loaf the day before and store it in an airtight container so it is ready to serve for any Twinnings Simply Tea break.

For that extra special treat, serve the banana bread with a pot of Simply Tea, but remember there are some rules when making a pot of tea.

"Always fill the kettle with fresh cold water; use one teaspoon of tea for each person and one for the pot; pour the water onto the tea as soon as it boils; and, brew for three to five minutes which will ensure mum enjoys the full and complex flavour of the tea blend. If the strength is not to your liking, adjust the amount of tea you use - not the brewing time. Once brewed, stir and serve," he added.

Banana and pecan loaf

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 45-50 minutes
Serves 6-8

1/2 cup milk
2 Twinings Simply Tea teabags
1 1/2 cups self raising flour
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon bi-carb soda
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/3 cup canola oil
1 1/4 cups mashed ripe banana
1 cup roughly chopped pecans

1/ Place the milk in a small saucepan with the teabags and bring to the boil. Remove from the heat, allow the tea bags to steep for a minute, then remove and discard. Chill the milk until cold.

2/ Preheat oven to 170C. Sift the flour into a large bowl along with the brown sugar, cinnamon and bi-carb. Make a well in the centre.

3/ Whisk together the eggs, tea infused milk and oil until fully combined.

4/ Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients, folding gently until just combined, and then fold through the banana and pecans.

5/ Pour the mixture into a lightly greased and lined 10cm x 20cm loaf tin. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until golden and cooked through. Cool in the tin for 5 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack.

6/ Serve sliced banana loaf warm, toasted or at room temperature with a cup of Twinings Simply Tea.

About Twinings

The Twinings family has been perfecting the art of tea making for over 300 years. Its expert blenders and tea tasters ensure that every cup of Twinings is of the highest quality and taste. With an extensive range of Twinings to choose from, there is a Twinings tea to suit every taste.

Customers in more than 100 countries now enjoy Twinings products and not just the traditional favourites - products such as fruit and herbal infusions are delighting the taste buds of a new generation of customers.

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