A table filled with buttered teacakes


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(8 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins plus resting

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Serves 6

Spare a bit of time to bake these delicious teacakes which you can serve warm with butter for a weekend breakfast, coffee morning or afternoon tea

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal338
  • fat6g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs60g
  • sugars16g
  • fibre2g
  • protein10g
  • salt1g
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  • 100ml milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

  • 30g butter



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

  • 350g strong white bread flour



    Flour is usually made from grinding wheat, maize, rye, barley or rice. As the main…

  • 7g sachet fast action dried yeast



    Yeast is a living, single-cell organism. As the yeast grows, it converts its food (in the form…

  • 2 tbsp sugar



    Honey and syrups made from concentrated fruit juice were the earliest known sweeteners. Today,…

  • ½ tsp mixed spice
  • 75g mixed dried fruit (peel, sultanas, raisins and currants)
  • oil for greasing
  • 1 egg, beaten



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…


  1. Warm the milk with the butter in a pan until the butter has melted, then add 100ml water to cool the mixture to room temp. Tip the flour, yeast, sugar, spice and 1 tsp salt into a bowl, making sure the yeast is on the other side of the bowl to the salt. Make a well in the flour mixture and pour the milk and butter in, mixing until it forms big flakes, then bring together with your hands. Tip on a surface and knead until smooth (about 5 mins). Put the dough into a large, lightly oiled bowl, cover with a damp tea towel and leave until doubled in size, so about 1-1 ½ hours.

  2. Line a tray with baking paper. Tip the mixed dried fruits into the dough and knead them in, trying to disperse them evenly throughout the dough. Cut your dough into 6 even-sized balls, take each ball and, using the cup of your hand, and pressing down a little with your palm, roll the ball in a circular motion on the surface to create tension across the top of the bun and a neat round shape. Place onto a tray about 5cm away from each other and press down with your palm to flatten the dough down a little, creating the teacake shape. Cover loosely with an oiled sheet of cling film, for a further 45 mins, or until they have doubled in size.

  3. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas mark 6. Brush the top of each bun liberally with the egg wash, then bake for 20 mins on the top shelf of the oven, until the buns are golden and well risen. Allow to cool on a wire rack, then slice in half, toast and slather with butter if you like.

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Valerie Slater's picture
Valerie Slater
25th Jul, 2020
I just got these beautiful teacakes out of the oven and...oh, my...they look and smell delish !! I cannot wait to have one later, toasted with lots of butter !!
20th May, 2020
Easy recipe To follow and the tea cakes turned out great. Delicious- unfortunately!
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Sana T
26th Apr, 2020
This recipe worked perfectly for me, really soft, well risen cakes. Thank you. Next time I'm going to substitute the egg wash for a sticky jam, once they're cool.
Mrs Dorf
17th Sep, 2017
So disappointed with this recipe. Tried it twice & both times I couldn't even bring the dough together as it was so dry! Tried kneading it with a little more liquid but it just wasn't right. Looked up Paul Hollywood's recipe & it worked a treat and with so much more fruit in it!
mallyscott20@gmail's picture
17th Sep, 2017
You probably missed the extra 100ml of water not listed in the ingredients.
ishkafarms's picture
12th Aug, 2017
Wow, a perfect one. Really easy to make. Thanks for the recipe. What if i use peanut butter?
9th Aug, 2017
Really easy recipe to follow and produced great results! Lovely to be able to produce something a bit special with store cupboard ingredients. It did take a longish time as do all bread-based baking recipes, but the effort involved was really minimal. We've tried them with both honey and homemade jam, really delicious - but they'd be nice with just a good dollop of butter if you don't have so much of a sweet tooth!
9th Aug, 2017
meant to say that the only reason for removing a star was that they went quite dark - I suspect that I would try them on a very slightly lower temperature or for slightly less time on the next go round - but it's possible this was just our funny oven!
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Sana T
26th Apr, 2020
Mine also went quite dark, I assumed it was the all spice?
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