Lisa’s new career leaves time for tea

Earl Grey Tea Loaf
Earl Grey Tea Loaf

Lisa Faulkner has a lot to thank Celebrity MasterChef for. Since winning the show in 2010, the former Holby City actress has carved out a successful second career as a TV cook and released three recipe books.

The BBC One show was also where she met Australian chef John Torode, the firm-but-fair judge who eventually became her boyfriend.

“It completely changed my life and I haven’t stopped cooking since. It’s been amazing, really.”

Here’s one of the recipes from her latest books.

Combine the fruits in a large, heatproof mixing bowl. Pour 300ml boiling water on to the tea bag and leave to brew for a minute or so. Discard the tea bag then dissolve the sugars in the hot tea, add the orange juice and zest, and pour over the fruit. Stir to combine, then cover and leave to soak overnight.

The next day, preheat the oven to 150C (300F)/gas mark 2, and grease and line a 900g loaf tin with greaseproof paper. Stir the ground almonds, golden syrup and beaten eggs into the soaked fruit mixture then sift in the flour and mixed spice. Stir to combine, adding the milk if the mixture seems a little stiff, then spoon into the lined tin.

Bake for two to two-and-a-quarter hours, or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool completely. Cut into thick slices and serve spread with butter.