Tea Loaf


Tea Loaf

A basic tea loaf or fruit cake makes a great snack and this one is possibly the simplest cake you will ever make. You will need a 2lb loaf tin and 2lb tin loaf liner
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 10 mins
Soaking time 8 hrs
Course Snack
Cuisine British
Servings 12
Calories 168 kcal


  • 2lb tin loaf
  • 2lb tin loaf liner


  • 380 g dried mixed fruit
  • 50 g golden caster sugar fairtrade
  • 1 egg large, beaten
  • 225 g self-raising flour organic
  • 150 ml hot tea


  • Place the dried mixed fruit & sugar in a large bowl and pour over enough hot tea to just about cover the fruit. Give it a quick stir to dissolve the sugar, cover with a plate and leave overnight.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 170°C/340°F/gas mark 3
  • Add the egg and sieve in the flour. Fold the mixture together until it is all mixed in.
  • Transfer the mixture to a standard 2lb loaf tin, lined with a standard 2lb loaf tin liner
  • Place on the middle shelf of the oven and cook for 1 hour and 10 minutes. To test if it's ready, insert a fork into the middle of the cake, if the fork is clean - ie no mixture is stuck to it, it is cooked through. You may need an extra 5 minutes.
  • Leave it on a wire rack to cool. Cut into slices to serve. It's also lovely spread with butter.


Store the cake in an air-tight container. It will keep for at least a week. It's also lovely served with butter.


Calories: 168kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 4gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 9mgPotassium: 244mgFiber: 4gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 20IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 56mgIron: 1mg
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2 thoughts on “Tea Loaf

  1. Martin says:

    Can’t believe how easy this was

  2. Sarah says:

    Only sorry I didn’t discover this earlier!

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