Fruity tea loaf recipe...

I have to admit, I was a little nervous about making this cake, Tea loaf is one of my absolute all time favourites and my mum does it so well that I didn't think I would be able to compare. Luckily I managed to make sense of the recipe that my mum sent over to me and the cake was just delicious. I made this as Mark's grandparents came over to see our new (ish) flat and it was lovely. It also went down a treat when I took it into work and as none of my colleagues have (yet) died of food poisoning, I'm going to count this as a success!


* 1 lb mixed dried fruit
* 6 oz demerara sugar- I used dark muscovado sugar as I didn't have anything else in the cupboard
* 1 teacup of strong tea

Place above in a bowl and leave overnight (or as long as possible)

1 oz butter
8 oz self-raising flour
* 1 egg
* 2 oz walnuts
* 1 tablespoon caster sugar
* Grated rind of 1 lemon and 1 orange

Place the dried fruit, demerara sugar and a teacup of strong tea in a bowl and leave overnight (or as long as possible). This makes a delicious looking bowl of fruit and the raisins are so fat and juicy!

Grease and line a 2 lb loaf tin and heat the oven to 160°C. Add the flour, egg and grated rind to the fruit mixture and beat well. 

I love any excuse to use my Kenwood mixer and it makes the whole process so much easier! 

Although the mixture may look gross, I can promise that it tastes delicious!

Add your mixture to the tin and level it off.

Scatter chopped walnuts on the top and then add a tablespoon of caster sugar.

Dot the top with small blobs of butter and bake for 1 and a half hours

Allow to cool and then dig in!



MissPond said...

Oh my Maria this looks fabulous! I am the same when it comes to baking things my mum is great at- but I think you've done a great job here :)
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Gem said...

This is nearly a Welsh Bara Brith, best tea soaked fruit cake ever. Looks yummy x

Jo said...

Your tea loaf looks awesome, such a classic cake.

The Style Rawr said...

Woooow! This looks SO good. I love the idea of putting walnuts in it. :)

Tara xo

LillianZahra said...

This looks so good - I'm such an old lady but dried fruit is one of my fave things to snack on so this looks like my dream cake! x


floral and feather said...

Looks delicious! I've given up chocolate for Lent so this is the perfect treat!
Zoe | floral and feather