Earl Grey teacakes

Earl Grey teacakes

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Prep: 50 mins Cook: 30 mins Plus overnight soaking and proving

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Makes 6
Fruit buns flavoured with aromatic tea and orange to be served toasted with lashings of butter

Nutrition and extra info

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Nutrition: per cake

  • kcal549
  • fat14g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs93g
  • sugars35g
  • fibre5g
  • protein12g
  • salt1.2g
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  • 200g mixed dried fruit, any larger pieces chopped (we used raisins, sultanas, dried cherries and apricots)
  • zest ½ orange



    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • 200ml hot Earl Grey tea, made from 2 tea bags
  • 250ml whole milk
  • 75g butter, cubed, plus extra to serve



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 500g strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1½ tsp mixed spice
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 7g sachet fast-action dried yeast
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • apricot jam, to glaze


  1. Put the fruit and zest in a bowl and cover with the hot tea. Leave to steep overnight.

  2. Heat the milk in a small pan until hot but not boiling. Remove from the heat and add the butter, swirling the pan to help the butter melt and cool the milk. Leave to cool to hand temperature. Tip the flour, mixed spice, sugar, yeast and ½ tsp salt into a large bowl. Pour in the warm milk mixture, the egg and 1 tbsp of the tea from the soaked fruit. Mix with a wooden spoon to combine, then tip onto your surface and knead for 5 mins until smooth and elastic, adding a little more flour if the mixture is too sticky. Place in a clean, oiled bowl and cover with cling film, then leave in a warm place to rise for 2 hrs until doubled in size.

  3. Flour 2 large flat baking trays, knock all the air out of your dough and add the soaked fruit (drain the fruit first if you have any liquid left in the bowl). Knead the fruit into the dough until well distributed – you may need to add a little extra flour if the fruit makes the dough too sticky. Break into 6 pieces and shape into balls. Place on the floured baking trays, well spaced apart, and squash each down lightly with the palm of your hand. Cover loosely with oiled cling film, then leave to prove for 30 mins-1 hr, until doubled in size.

  4. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Uncover the teacakes and bake for 25 mins, swapping the trays over halfway hrough cooking, until golden and hollow-sounding when tapped on the base. Brush each one with a little apricot jam and return to the oven for a further 1-2 mins. Leave to cool on a wire rack. Serve warm from the oven or split and toasted, topped with lashings of butter. Will keep in a tin for up to 4 days.

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23rd Mar, 2014
These were nice, but don't taste of earl grey at all.
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17th Mar, 2014
Quite dissapointed with these.. they turned out bland, yeasty.. way too much work for very little effect :/
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27th Mar, 2013
Delicious. It's a bit of an all day event making these, but worth it! I didn't have earl grey tea, so just used ordinary tea, and popped a few drops of lemon juice and a squirt of honey in instead. As per the previous comment, they were absolutely massive!!
17th Mar, 2013
I would have loved to 'pin' this on my Pinterest board. Didn't see a share or Pin it button?
2nd Mar, 2013
this was fun to make - not hurried but relaxing. The teacakes were light and delicious, although the jam on top was a bit sticky - especially as I toasted them! They were also HUGE. I made 8 and they were generous. I actually made the dough in my breadmaker and added the fruit as instructed when kneading the dough. Think I'd lob it in together another time. Not something I'd make that often, but was enjoyable and worked well.
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