Malt Loaf – Easy & Delicious

Malt Loaf – Easy & Delicious

Malt Loaf 

Do you like Malt Loaf? I love it and remember vividly ‘after school slices’ lathered in butter. Delicious. Soft , sticky and squidgy and so so moreish ……

I’m sure we’ve all bought the S brand to name no names, but how about having a go at making it yourself? Well let me tell you it’s so easy, so so easy and it has to be one of my fave recipes – have a go and settled down with a cuppa and a buttered slice and enjoy 


What is Malt Loaf? 

According to Wiki it’s a type of sweet leavened bread made with malt extract as a primary ingredient.

It has a chewy texture and often contains raisins.

It is usually eaten sliced and spread with butter for tea.

Malt flour is sometimes used to supplement the flavour.

If you like fruited loaves check out my Lincolnshire Plum Bread or my Apple & Fruit loaf, and Classic Tea Loaf. All also delicious 


What is Malt Extract?

Malt Extracts can be made from any type of malted grain.

However, similar to the term “malt”, the term “malt extract” unqualified refers to an extract of malted barley.

It’s a sticky sweet treacle like substance – yum! 


Ingredients for Malt Loaf 

  • Tea Bag 

Any standard teabag is fine (I use Yorkshire Tea) you simply make it up with boiling water and stew for 5 minutes 

  • Barley Malt Extract

Can be a little hard to get hold of but some supermarkets have it. It’s also available on Amazon and I’ve seen it in Holland & Barret too. One jar makes 2 loaves so it’s worth getting 

  • Black Treacle

Adds to the rich deapth of flavour 

  • Dark Brown Sugar 

Again this adds to the deep flavour of your malt loaf. You can use muscavado if you prefer 

  • Dried Fruit 

I use raisins or mixed dried fruit. You can use prunes or dates for a part if you like 

  • Eggs 

2 medium Eggs for this recipe (I also use free-range – my preference) 


  • Flour / Baking Powder and Bicarbonate 

These are your dried and you use plain flour or all purpose flour 



Recipe steps for this Malt Loaf Recipe 

Step 1 

Grease & line your loaf tin and preheat your oven (see recipe card)

I use loaf liners which are amazing – it’s really worth getting some – makes life very easy  

Make your the in a jug, using 1 teabag and 150ml boiling water, let it are for 5 minutes (remove teabag) 

Add your Malt Extract, Black treacle and dark brown sugar to your hot tea and stir 

Malt Loaf wet ingredients in a jug


Step 2 

Pour your hot tea wet mix over your raisins in a bowl, stir  and leave to stand for 10 minutes 


Step 3 

Add your eggs and stir well 


Step 4 

Next tip in your flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda and give it a good mix 


Step 5 

Pour into your lined tin and bake (see recipe card for instructions) 


Top Tips for your Malt Loaf 

If you can possibly do it, try and leave your malt loaf loosely wrapped in baking paperin a sealed cake =tin for 1-2 days before you eat it (impossibly probably I know) 

However it really does develop the flavour and improves the texture – soft and sticky! 

You can also brush your Malt Loaf with a layer of Malt Extract – gives it a sticky top!! Yum 

Don’t worry if your Malt Loaf dips a little in the centre – it’s fine – it’s a heavy cake 


How do I store my Malt Loaf 

Well it’s a great cake for keeping. 

I suggest you wrap it in baking paper and then foil and it should be good for 5 plus days 

And if you want to freeze it you can do that too. I suggest slicing and wrapping well and popping in the freezer – use within a month 


How to Serve your Malt Loaf 

Easy, thick slices, slathered in butter with a cuppa!! Simple 

It’s so gooey and sticky you could manage without butter – but why would you? 

Loaf Tin

For this recipe you need a 2 llb loaf tin.

You can check the measurement of your tin. A 2llb loaf tin holds approx 2 pints of water plus  

Loaf Liners 

I adore these loaf  liners, they are low cost and so easy and convenient. Lining tins is a pet hate of mine, so these are perfect 

I urge you to give them ago …. game changers 

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Other Loaf Cakes 

At Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy we love a loaf cake and we have loads and loads, here are just a few 


Lovely Easy Loaf Cake Recipes

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Malt Loaf buttered

Malt Loaf - Easy & delicious

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 235kcal
Print Pin Rate
A delicious and easy Malt Loaf Recipe, sweet and dark. Sticky and moist! Perfect slathered in butter for a teatime treat


  • 1 2 llb Loaf Tin See note


  • 10 g Vegetable Oil For greasing tin (or butter)
  • 300 g Raisins or dried fruit
  • 1 Tea Bag
  • 150ml Boiling Water
  • 150 g Malt Extract
  • 40 g Black Treacle
  • 100 g Dark Brown Sugar
  • 2 Medium Eggs
  • 250 g Plain Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda


  • Preheat Oven 150C (fan) / 160C / 325F / Gas 3
  • Line and grease a 2lb Loaf Tin
  • Put your raisins in a large bowl
  • In a jug make your tea with 150ml boiling water and let it are for 5 minutes
  • Next add your Malt Extract, Black Treacle and Dark Brown Sugar
  • Pour over your raisins (or dried fruit)
  • Leave to stand for 10 minutes
  • Next crack your 2 eggs on top and give it a good stir until combined
  • Add flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda and mix until all the flour has dissaperred
  • Pour your batter into your prepared Loaf tin and bake in the centre of the oven for approx 1 1/4 hours. Keep checking - also don't worry if it's dipped a little in the centre, it's a heavy cake and it's fine


***All nutritional information is approximate and intended as a guide


Nutrition Facts
Malt Loaf - Easy & delicious
Serving Size
12 g
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Polyunsaturated Fat
Monounsaturated Fat
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  1. 5 stars
    Delicious, you must try it.

  2. Great to hear x Thanks

  3. 5 stars
    Absolutely brilliant recipe; so easy and the ultimate no fail loaf. I love a certain yellow wrapped shop bought malt loaf, I may never buy it again now I can make my own much superior version!
    Thank-you for a fab recipe.

    1. Oh I’m so pleased to hear – I absolutely love it too x

  4. 5 stars
    Beautiful Beatiful Malt Loaf. I baked it, first time i baked a malt loaf and it came out so Beautiful! Wish i could show the picture of my malt loaf i took here. I chose this recipe out of all the others i looked at online and it came out wonderful. I wrapped loaf in greaseproof paper and then foil over that and let it mature for one day. It is so tasty! Try it. So easy. Thank you xxx

  5. I often have issues with dried fruit sinking and try to remedy it with coating in flour. If raisins are soaked in tea mix etc first, do you have any tips for stopping sunken fruit syndrome at all please? I’m sure you’ll say ‘but mine never sink!’
    I enjoy baking your loaf cakes, so thanks for sharing and tia for any help

    1. Hi – I think sometimes they sink is the batter is too wet? Watch your egg size xx and thanks for your comment x

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