Tea Loaf – easy!

Tea Loaf  – easy!

Tea Loaf, classic & very easy! 

A delicious fruited tea loaf recipe, literally packed with plump and juicy dried fruit. Served slathered with butter at tea time or in fact anytime of the day!

At Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy we love a classic and old fashioned recipe, more often than not – the best recipes! 

What is a Tea Loaf? 

Well it’s a very traditional English loaf cake/bread,  which I believe hails originally from Yorkshire – I may be wrong, please don’t shout! Traditionally served at teatime 🙂 

It’s tea soaked dried fruit  (whatever you like), sugar, eggs and flour and that’s about it. It’s moist and contains no added fat at all, and it tends to improve over a couple of days, so perfect for the cake tin! 

Oh and if  you like fruited loaves check out my Lincolnshire Plum Bread or my Apple & Fruit loaf, also delicious 

 

Ingredients for your Classic Tea Loaf Recipe 

It really is a very simple recipe – easy to knock up once a week! 

Tea Loaf ingredients laid out

  • Tea Bag 

Any standard teabag is fine (I use Yorkshire Tea) you simply make it up with boiling water and stew for 10 minutes 

  • Dried Mixed Fruit

I just use supermarket bought dried mixed fruit (but you can use what you like) 

  • Chopped Glace Cherries 

I add these as I love them – but totally optional. Also you could add chopped apricots or cranberries too 

  • Golden Caster Sugar 

Adds a depth of flavour and a lovely golden colour. (You can use soft brown sugar if you wish and your loaf will be a little darker) 

  • Eggs 

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

  • Self Raising Flour 

Helps to light your loaf cake to the perfect shape 

  • Lemon Zest 

Add a fresh flavour and brings  out the fruity notes in your real oaf 

 

Recipe steps for this Tea Loaf

Step 1 – plumping your dried fruits 

Make your tea in a jug with the 2 teabags and boiling water – let it brew for 10 minutes or so 

Weigh out your dried fruits and golden caster sugar and put in a large mixing bowl 

Once your tea is brewed pour over your dried fruit and sugar mix and leave for minimum 3 hours or overnight if possible. This ensures your fruit is plump and juicy 

Dried fruit and tea

 

Step 2 – Tea Loaf Batter 

Preheat your oven – see recipe card 

Next add your 2 beaten egg and your Self-Raising Flour, together with your lemon zest

Mix well with a spoon or spatular (no stand mixer required here) 

batter in a mixing bowl

 

Step 3 

Using a 2llb loaf tin and loaf tin liner (they are fantastic!) or your greased & lined tin, pour  in your batter (use a spoon if you prefer)

batter in loaf tin - unbaked tea loaf

 

Step 4 

Bake! Until firm and golden 

Baked Tea loaf in loaf tin

 

 

 

Top Tips for your Tea Loaf 

  • Please soak your dried fro for minimum 3 hours, overnight if possible. It makes your fruit really plump and juicy in your loaf 
  • If you can possibly do it, try and leave your tea loaf loosely wrapped in baking paper in a sealed cake tin for a day or so  before you eat it (impossibly probably I know) it really helps the loaf mature – but if you can’t wait then you can’t 🙂 

 

How do I store my Tea 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 Loaf Cake 

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

Just look at it!! 

Tea Loaf sliced and buttered

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  

 

Other Loaf Cakes 

Why not try my Jam & Coconut Loaf Cake it’s flipping delicious and very easy 

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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Big Love Clare

 

baked and slice tea loaf

Traditional Tea Loaf

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 256kcal
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A delicious fruited tea loaf recipe, literally packed with plump dried fruit. Served slathered with butter at tea timer!

Equipment

  • 2llb Loaf tin

Ingredients

  • 2 Teabags I use Yorkshire tea
  • 300 ml Boiling Water
  • 375 g Dried mixed fruit
  • 75 g Glace cherries - chopped Optional
  • 200 g Golden Caster Sugar
  • 2 Medium eggs beaten
  • 275 g Self-raising flour
  • 1 lemon, zested 

Instructions

  • Using your teabags make your tea using boiling water (300ml). Leave to brew for minimum 10 minutes
  • In a large bowl add your dried mixed fruits, cherries and golden caster sugar
  • Once the tea is brewed, put this over the dried fruit and sugar mix and stir . Leave to stand for 3 hours or overnight
  • Preheat your oven to 160C (fan), 180C, 350F, Gas 4
  • Add your beaten eggs and self raising flour to your fruit mix, followed by your lemon zest and mix really well
  • Pour into your loaf tin and bake in the centre of the oven for 1 1/4 hours - checking after 1 hour. Your tea loaf will be firm and golden brown
  • Leave to cool in the tin for 15 minutes, remove and cool on a wire tray
  • Once cold, serve buttered. Pop in a cake tin and enjoy for days!

Notes

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

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Traditional Tea Loaf
Amount per Serving
Calories
256
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
1
g
2
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.3
g
2
%
Trans Fat
 
0.003
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.4
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.4
g
Cholesterol
 
27
mg
9
%
Sodium
 
20
mg
1
%
Potassium
 
280
mg
8
%
Carbohydrates
 
59
g
20
%
Fiber
 
4
g
17
%
Sugar
 
34
g
38
%
Protein
 
5
g
10
%
Vitamin A
 
45
IU
1
%
Vitamin C
 
5
mg
6
%
Calcium
 
75
mg
8
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

Comments

  1. Moira McGuinness

    5 stars
    This is a fantastic and easy recipe and tastes divine! My late mom used to make a fabulous tea loaf but unfortunately I never got the recipe. I often think about it. This recipe reminds me so much of the one she made so I am so happy to have found it and made it! Thank you so much x

    1. so great to hear – thank you x

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