Tea loaf

(189 ratings)
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  • Serves: 12 slices

  • Prep time:

    leave the fruit to soak in the tea for at least two hours, overnight if possible.
  • Cooking time:

  • Costs: Mid-price

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Freezable

This tea loaf recipe combines Rooibos tea bags, mixed dried fruit and sweet brown sugar together to make a delicious cake that is complete with a generous helping of butter - the perfect afternoon treat. This recipe serves 10-12 people and will take around 1hr and 15 mins to make and bake. This classic recipe can be stored in an airtight container in the cupboard for up to 3 days. A portion of this loaf cake works out at only 225 calories per serving and only 1g of fat per serving making it a low-fat option when it comes to an afternoon treat. All the flavour, with none of the guilt!

If you fancy adding some crunch to this tea loaf recipe, add in some nuts like chopped Brazil nuts or hazel nuts


  • 4 Rooibos tea bags (or any strong tea)
  • 500g pack mixed dried fruit
  • 125g light brown sugar
  • 250g self-raising flour
  • tsp mixed spice
  • 1 medium egg, beaten
  • Butter, to serve
You will also need:
  • 1kg loaf tin, buttered and strip-lined with Bakewell paper


  1. Put the tea bags in a large bowl and pour 300ml boiling water over them. Leave for a good 10 mins to infuse. Squeeze them out and throw them away, then mix the fruit into the tea. Leave the mixture to soak for at least 2 hours (or overnight would be ideal).
  2. Set the oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4. Stir the sugar, flour, spice and egg into the fruit and mix well.
  3. Spoon into the tin and level the top. Bake for 1 hour, or until risen and firm to the touch. Cool in the tin for 10 mins, then turn out to cool on a wire rack.
  4. Wrap in greaseproof paper and keep for 2 days before slicing (if you can resist it!), as this improves the flavour. To serve, cut into thick slices and spread with butter.

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Nutritional information per portion

  • Low
  • Med
  • High
  • Calories 225(kcal)
  • Fat 1.0g
  • Saturates 0.2g

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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What is in the mixed spice


Mine just boiled for an hour in the oven.. What am I doing wrong


Loved this recipe. So easy.


a lot of fruit in this one and made the mistake of trying it 2 days after baking - it is great after a week. ai thin Id make I with half the fruit next time.

Marion Barclay

A lovely recipe, I make this tea loaf every week. I reduced the temp by 10 degrees as I use a fan oven.


Yum - it's also really nice with wholemeal SR flour. Keeps well if put in an airtight container.


I make it often in small tins and give it away as presents


An easy recipe - and so tasty. Hard to leave until you eat it but well worth the wait!

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