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Spiced Cantaloupe Tea Loaf

 Loaf Pan 8.5 x 4.5 x 3 Inch
 KitchenAid Hand Mixer
 3 cups all-purpose flour
 1 ¾ tsp cinnamon ground
 1 ½ tsp salt
 1 tsp ginger ground
 1 tsp baking soda
 1 tsp baking powder
 2 cups granulated sugar
 3 large eggs
 1 cup vegetable oil
 2 tsp vanilla extract
 1 ¾ cups cantaloupe ripe, grated (only the flesh)

Heat the oven to 350 F degrees. Grease and flour two 5x8 inch loaf pans. Combine the flour, cinnamon, salt, ginger, baking soda, and baking powder in a medium bowl.


With an electric mixer or a whisk, beat the sugar, eggs, oil, and vanilla in a bowl until well blended and slightly frothy. Fold in the grated cantaloupe. Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and fold until just blended; don't overmix or your tea cakes will be tough.


Divide the batter between the loaf pans and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out dry, about 1 hour.


Let cool on a rack, then invert. Serve just slightly warm or at room temperature. Enjoy!