Skinny tea loaf

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Serves: 8

By camperchick

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  • 1lb self-raising flour (can use part wholemeal if you wish, just add more baking powder)

  • 8oz brown sugar

  • 1/4 pints milk

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 1 tsp mixed spice

  • 1 lemon zested

  • 12oz dried fruit (can vary to taste)

  • 1 eggs

  • 1/4 tsp cardamom (optional)

  • 0.5 pints tea (cold)


  1. Soak the dried fruit in the tea overnight or around 8 hours.
  2. Sieve the flour, baking powder, spices and salt into large mixing bowl then add the sugar, lemon rind and combine well.
  3. Beat the egg with the milk and add to the dry mix, along with the soaked fruit and tea.
  4. Mix all ingredients well, then spoon into greaseproof lined loaf tins x 2.
  5. Cook in oven for 1.5 hours at 180C/Gas Mark 4, leave to cool in the tin then peel off the paper, slice and enjoy with a cuppa!

Handy Hint

Add more milk if you find its too dry when mixing.

Additional Information

  • cake

  • bread

  • Make Ahead

  • Cake/Dessert

  • Low fat

  • Vegetarian

  • Nut Free

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  • muppetmadmum 16/05/11 20:02

    This is very similar to an old Irish family recipe that's been handed down the gens in our family and is a firm fav. Our version is even simpler as its all down in cup measurements and needs no milk or baking powder. Try 1 cup of cold tea, 2 cups mixed dried fruit (or sultanas and apricots), 1/4 cup brown sugar, 2 cups SR flour, 1 large beaten egg. And yes, perfect served sliced with butter! Cook 1hr1/2-2hrs gas mark 3, time needed depends on cup size.

  • west3 17/06/08 20:56

    A real winner, have made four loaves in last 24hrs. Only needed an hour in oven though so would certainly check it before 90mins.

  • camperchick 07/03/08 11:17

    This is the easiest cake you'll ever bake! Its a stodgy fruity tea loaf, and amazingly its also virtually fat free. Its best served still warm from the oven, sliced up, topped with melting butter and plenty of cups of tea.