Tea loaf cut into slices

Tea loaf

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(20 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



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  • 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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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
2nd Sep, 2019
Very straightforward but great results. Also reduced cooking time by 15 minutes.
21st Apr, 2019
Description says packed full of currants, but they don’t fit feature in the ingredient list.
18th Apr, 2019
Lovely recipe and easy to do. Found the cooking slightly too long so cut down by 15 mins but that could be my oven. As always, tastes better after a few days.
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