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How to Make Delicious and Fruity Tea Loaf?

How to Make Delicious and Fruity Tea Loaf?

Tea loaf is a teatime staple in the lush countryside where it is served sliced with a dollop of fresh butter and strong tea.

Luckily, this English bread is also very easy to make at home. All you need to do is select dry fruits of your own choice, make your batter and blast the oven.

Soon, you'll have at your hands a moist and fruit-studded tea loaf to share with your loved ones. This recipe is also perfect if you want to recreate the traditional tea experience.

So here's how baking aficionados do it in Yorkshire

Tea Loaf Recipe

  • Prep Time:                   20 mins
  • Cooking Time:              1 hr,30 mins (plus overnight soaking)
  • Servings:                     10
  • Skill:                            Basic/Easy

Nutrition Chart (per serving)

  • Energy (calories) 279 kcal
  • Fat                     1g
  • Carbs                61g
  • Protein                5g
  • Saturates             4g
  • Fibre                    2g
  • Sugars                42g
  • Salt                     31g

Key Ingredients:

  • Sultanas 170 g
  • Raisins 170 g
  • Orange (zested) 1
  • Earl Grey/ Lady Grey Tea 300 ml
  • Eggs (medium sized, lightly beaten) 2
  • Brown Sugar 200 g
  • Self-raising Flour 250 g
  • Butter (for greasing + serving) to taste

How to make tea loaf?

Follow these steps to bake yourself a delicious tea loaf studded with sultanas and raisins steeped in strong tea:

Step 1:

Take a large bowl and mix the raisins, orange zest, and sultanas in it. Prepare the tea, pour it over the dried fruits and cover the bowl. Allow the dried fruits to soak in the tea for at least 6 hours (preferably overnight) if you want to enjoy flavour-packed fruit in your cake.

Step 2:

Turn on your oven. Heat it to 180C/160 fan/ gas 4. Then, grease a 900 g tea loaf tin with butter and line it.

Step 3:

Combine eggs, self-rising flour, and brown sugar with the dried fruits (prepared in step 1). Stir them together to mix them properly and get a smooth consistency.

Step 4:

Ladle the mixture (prepared in step 3) into the loaf tin evenly.

Step 5:

Place the tea loaf tin in the middle of the oven for 1 hour and 30 mins or until it is firm to touch. Leave your tea loaf in the tin for 15 more minutes to allow it to cool. Then, move it to a wire rack before slicing and serving it.

How do you know when tea loaf is cooked?

To check whether your tea loaf is cooked, insert a skewer into its side. If the skewer comes out clean, your tea loaf is properly cooked. If it doesn’t, it needs more time in the oven.

If the top of your tea loaf is getting dark while it is still in the oven and the rest of it isn’t done, you can always cover it with foil to ensure that your tea bread is done properly inside out.

How to serve tea loaf?

Cut your fruit tea loaf up into thick slices. Serve with a hearty slice of butter and a steaming cup of tea. Enjoy!


Too Tired to Bake Your Own Tea Loaf?

It’s okay, don’t stress. Life tends to get busy and we know not everyone has the time and energy to bake. So, at Yorkshire Baking Company, we do it for you!

Our moist and delicious tea loaf is baked from the finest of ingredients by expert bakers. We have over 50 + years of experience in serving teatime treats and delectable across the UK.

So, if you’re too tired to bake, explore our cake line-up for spongy tea loaf and other delicious variants of loaf cake.