A Fun Tea Party

Delicious Dried Fruit Bread

Secret Bread

Ask children to identify the trio of dried fruits hiding inside this bread and tell you which one they think tasted the best. Chances are, they won't be able to make up their minds.

Serves: 18 slices
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 60 minutes

Ingredients:

  • Canola oil spray
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbs. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup chilled butter, diced
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tbs. grated orange zest
  • 1 1/2 cups orange juice
  • 3 Tbs. canola oil
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried cherries

Instructions:

Step 1: Heat oven to 350°F.

Step 2: Spray a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan with the canola oil and set aside.

Step 3: In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix well and add chilled butter. Using your hands or a pastry blender, combine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Step 4: In another bowl, blend egg, zest, orange juice, rind, and oil. Add dry ingredients and stir just until mixed. Add wheat germ, raisins, apricots, and cherries; do not overmix.

Step 5: Spread dough into loaf pan and bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Cut when completely cool and wrap in foil before storing.

Nutritional Facts:

Each slice: 183 calories, 3 g protein, 30 g carbohydrate, 6 g fat (2 g saturated), 2 g fiber, 21 mg cholesterol, 44 mg calcium, 1 mg iron, 125 mg sodium.

Apple-Spice Tea

When brewing tea for children, be sure to use herbal tea instead of green or black, which may contain as much caffeine as coffee. And if your kids don't like the taste of tea, simply heat up the spiced apple juice.

Serves: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 32 oz. apple juice
  • 4 orange-spice herbal tea bags
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Peel of one orange

Instructions:

Step 1: In a large saucepan, heat ingredients to a simmer. Remove from heat. Cool for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

Nutritional Facts:

Each serving: 73 calories, 0 g protein, 18 g carbohydrate, 0 g fat (0 g saturated), 0 g fiber, 0 mg cholesterol, 17 mg calcium, 1 g iron, 5 mg sodium.

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