He and I watch a lot of British TV and when trouble brews, be it a broken heart or someone's uncle dies a terrible death, the first line of action is always “I’ll go put the kettle on”. As the saying goes a cup of tea will cure all ills - stress, sleep, and more. A nice plain loaf would be nicer, but at best the main character's sidekick will come back with a dry biscuit. In real life, a simple understated slice of loaf with a sprinkle of powdered sugar goes well with a cuppa on most days...

Spice Tea Cake

1-1/2 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp ground cloves
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup sour cream [14%]
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Fully line a 9x5 inch loaf pan with parchment paper.
  • Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and cloves.
  • Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. set aside
  • In another bowl, beat the butter, sugar, yogurt, and vanilla extract.  
  • One by one add the yolks and beat for 5 more minutes.
  • Gradually add the dry ingredients and beat to combine.
  • Gently fold in the beaten egg whites.
  • Transfer the batter to the prepared pan.
  • Bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until the cake tester inserted into the middle comes out clean and the sides shrink away from the pan.
  • Let the loaf cool on a wire rack before slicing.

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