Tea loaf cut into slices

Tea loaf

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(38 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr, 30 mins plus overnight soaking


Serves 10

Enjoy a classic, fruity cake, packed full of plump tea-infused sultanas and raisins. Slice it into thick wedges and spread with salted butter for a satisfying treat

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per serving (10)

  • kcal279
  • fat1g
  • saturates0.4g
  • carbs61g
  • sugars42g
  • fibre2g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.31g
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  • 170g sultanas
  • 170g raisins
  • 1 orange, zested



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

  • 300ml hot strong Earl Grey or Lady Grey tea
  • 2 medium eggs, lightly beaten



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  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 200g light soft brown sugar
  • butter, for greasing, plus extra to serve



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


  1. Mix the sultanas, raisins and orange zest in a large mixing bowl. Pour over the tea and cover the bowl. Leave to sit for a minimum of 6 hours or ideally overnight to allow the dried fruit to soak up all the liquid. 

  2. Heat the oven to 180C/160 fan/gas 4. Grease and line a 900g loaf tin. Add the eggs, flour and sugar to the soaked fruit, ensuring everything is well combined. Spoon the mixture into the tin and place in the centre of the oven for 1 hour 30 mins or until firm to the touch. Leave to cool in the tin for 15 mins before transferring to a wire rack

  3. Cut into thick slices and serve with butter. To store, wrap tightly and keep in an airtight container for up to five days. The loaf will taste even better after a few days. 

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12th Jun, 2020
Easy simple recipe, it might be my oven but it only took one hour ten and it was fine.
3rd Jun, 2020
Delicious, lasts, quite simple and very reliable.
24th May, 2020
Absolutely loved this fruit loaf, it’s so easy to make and is lovely with a cuppa. I checked on it after an hour and then every 10mins after, it took around 1hr & 20 mins. I’ve just made it for the 2nd time, it’s only lasted couple of days in this house hold.. as it’s very more-ish lol..
23rd May, 2020
This is a delicious cake, so easy to make. I soak the fruit in apple juice instead of tea and leave out the sugar, as the fruit juice and dried fruit give it enough sweetness for us. I also use lemon zest and juice instead of orange, which give it a lovely tang. I bake it at 140 C, as the top was browning too quickly in my oven at the higher temperature.
21st May, 2020
Having just made this recipe and scoffed two thick slices slathered in melting butter, I can confirm that this is a good tea loaf recipe. I took it out 15 mins early as some of the reviews suggested, but a skewer came out with cake mix on, so I let it cook for the full time, but turned down to gas mark 3 for the last 15 mins. It came out perfectly and was very moist. Great texture and tasted lovely. I've knocked off one star purely because, although it was lovely, there wasn't much of a tea flavour, despite me using two Earl Grey tea bags to make strong tea and soaking the fruit for two days. Another slight thing was that I picked this recipe because it had orange zest in it, but I couldn't really detect an orange flavour. Next time I would definitely make super-strong tea and put way more orange zest and juice into it, but that's just personal preference. I'd definitely recommend this as a nice tea loaf recipe, but I will try others to see if I can get more of a tea flavour.
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Stan Holroyd
15th May, 2020
I'm diabetic so I make this loaf without the added sugar and with just one large egg and it's sweet enough for me, and my friends seem to like it too. It doesn't have to keep for long so the lack of sugar doesn't matter. I prefer gas mark 3 and bake between 75 and 90 minutes.
29th Apr, 2020
Baked this a few times now - totally delicious and doesn't last long! Very easy. I soaked 250g of saltanas overnight - just used 3 normal tea bags. Also added mixed spice. Baked for one hour only. Perfect. Yum
Frantic Flapjack
24th Mar, 2020
I soaked the fruit overnight. Loaf turned out very well. You can taste the Earl Grey flavour and the orange is lovely. Will definitely make again.
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Jackie Weight
20th Mar, 2020
Lovely fruit loaf, chewy on the outside and soft in the middle. I added halved cherries, mixed peel and some mixed spices. Perfect.
27th Nov, 2019
Best fruit loaf I’ve made. Got eaten very quickly. Forgot it and soaked fruit for 3 days which seemed to work well. Will replace my previous recipe with this one now. Thanks


15th Apr, 2020
Does anyone know how many syns this is per slice? It’s a fab recipe I make it all the time
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Stan Holroyd
21st Jun, 2020
I'm diabetic. I leave out the sugar completely. It's more than sweet enough without. There's already more than 300gm of sugars in 500g of the fruit anyway! I also change the quantities to match a 500g bag of mixed dried fruit; so 440ml of tea, 370g self raising flour, 2 teaspoonsful of mixed spice, 2 large eggs. NO sugar. This fills two small bread tins 9 x 19cm exactly. In my oven baked after just over the hour - Cover the filling with 2 layers of parchment paper to prevent burning. Probably doesn't keep as long with no added sugar but that's not usually a problem!! LOL
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