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Tea Bread

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Serves 1 - 1 Loave

Sugar and fat free yummy cake for tea.

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  • 8 fluid oz cold tea (if using fruit tea, leave the teabag in)
  • 12 oz dried fruit
  • 8 oz Self Raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon of mixed spice (opt)
  • 1 egg


    1. Put the dried fruit into a bowl and pour the tea over, cover and leave overnight (not in the fridge).
    2. After overnight soaking..Preheat oven to Gas Mark 4. Line or grease a 2lb loaf tin. I use a loaf liner for ease
    3. Sieve the flour into a bowl and add spice if using. Pour over soaked fruit and any juices (remove teabag if using!).
    4. Add egg and stir well with wooden spoon until all mixed up.
    5. Spoon into prepared tin and if wished sprinkle over 1tsp of sugar (you don't have to but it gives it a nice crunch and it is only 1tsp!!).
    6. Put into oven and bake for about an hour, maybe a little more depending on your oven.
    7. When cooked through, remove from oven and cool on a rack.
    8. EAT!!! Lovely with butter spread on it. I know that defeats it being fat free but hey ho!!

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Jill Walker's picture
Jill Walker
9th Mar, 2019
Simply good.Used wholemeal flour and added 2 more fluid ounces. Dried fruit, used prunes, dates,sultanas. Delicious.
5th Mar, 2018
I have made this taking note of previous comments. I used 8oz fruit and 4oz chopped toasted mixed nuts and two eggs. It was still sweet, but not excessively and delicious. I would even substite some tea for booze and use it as an Xmas cake.
14th Feb, 2018
This is really delicious. I didn't have any eggs in so substituted a teaspoon of baking powder and a tablespoon of oil mixed together with a few drops of the soaking liquid. The mixture seemed a little dry so I added milk and mixed until it looked like the right consistency. It worked really well and is lovely and moist. The sprinkle of sugar across the top gives it a nice crunch. I also used 2 teaspoons of mixed spice rather than just one.
27th Sep, 2017
About to make this. Fruit soaking now. Will review once baked and tried. Would like to point out the grammar on the BBC (yes BBC). The recipe makes 1 LOAVE (loave?????????????). Is there such a word?
19th Sep, 2017
I tried this recipe using gluten free flour. It came out extremely dry and not good at all even though the cooking time was reduced by a good 15 minutes. Not sure if this is because of the gf flour but I do feel the ratio of liquid to dry goods is way too low. I won't be trying it again.
27th Sep, 2017
Must be the GF flour. I've tried making bread with GF flour both in the bread machine and by hand. No good despite following tried and tested recipes (Doves Farm included). Non GF bread in the bread maker is a doddle with great results every time. Follow the GF recipe and it's a completely different game.
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19th Nov, 2016
Just made this brilliant so quick and easy to do and so moist will be doing this one again
3rd Sep, 2016
Yummy fat free sugar free bread Surprisingly it was really sweet so I will be putting less fruit in next time. I used sultanas soaked in chai tea and the combination worked really well. I baked it in a bundt tin and it was cooked in 45 minutes.
27th Sep, 2017
Thanks for this suggestion. Have done the same with Chai tea. Fruit currently soaking and will bake tomorrow.
26th Aug, 2016
Making it again this weekend.


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25th Oct, 2017
I added an extra egg... turns out beautiful. Made it twice in two days
16th Jun, 2014
I exchanged the cold tea for 330ml (11 fl oz) of dark ale, added a little more fruit, exchanged the white self raising flour for wholemeal and added 2tsp of baking powder and 1/2 a tsp of salt. The recipe worked perfectly! Would recommend!