Tea Loaf- recipe.

Here is the recipe for the tea loaf that I use. It has been modified slightly from this one for my loaf tins. All measurements are in metric, not sure how it would convert to cups for my American friends..?

Ingredients: 500ml earl grey tea (very strong), a generous splash of a single malt scotch whisky. 500g of mixed dried fruit, 410g self raising flour, 340g dark brown sugar, 2 eggs (beaten).


1- put the mixed fruit in a bowl, pour over the tea and add a generous splash of your favourite scotch, leave to soak over night.

2-Pre heat oven to 150 degrees centigrade, grease 2 loaf tins then line with baking paper.

3 – sieve in the flour, add the sugar, and pour in the eggs to the soaked fruit. Mix well.

4- divide into the two loaf tins. Bake for 1 and 3/4 hours until a skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tins for 15 minutes then put on a cooling rack.

5- tuck in. Can be spread with butter. Last a while too but if you are anything like me it will be eaten quickly.

If any of you bake some I’d love to see photos.




22 comments on “Tea Loaf- recipe.

  1. ignitedmoth says:

    Oooh, wow! Sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing. 😀

  2. brtrain says:

    I would like to try this, now that I have an oven again!
    I have a Christmas cake recipe that calls for good brandy but I don’t bother, I just put in the cheap stuff… seems to produce the same flavour.

    I’m Canadian, we still do most of our recipes in Imperial measurements so I tried to convert them:

    2 cups Earl Grey tea (very strong)
    a generous splash of a single malt scotch whisky
    1 pound of mixed dried fruit (I’d say about another 2 cups, I like a fruity cake)
    3 cups self raising flour (this is not usually sold as such in North America, we just add (1 tsp. baking powder, ½ tsp. salt, and ¼ tsp. baking soda) per each cup of flour)
    1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar
    2 eggs (beaten).


  3. Guru PIG says:

    We are a versatile and multi-talented group aren’t we!

  4. making me hungry here at work Pete……..

  5. Thanks for posting this Pete! 🙂 Barbara would like to know what size loaf tin your recipe is for? And I notice that the BBC recipe in your link doesn’t include the whisky – they must have accidentally missed that out! 😉

    • Pete S/ SP says:

      The tins are of two different sizes, the original recipe says go for a 900g/ 2lb loaf tin. Mine are smaller than that so I did half as much again and do two loaf tins worth.

      Well spotted on the whisky- my own edition 🙂



  6. Faust says:

    Wow, this sounds delicious! Wife and I are on a diet right now, but I’m breaking this recipe out on the holidays!

  7. Oh I shall have to try this! don’t have any Scotch though, so might substitute Brandy.

    Everything is better with cake!

    Cheers Roger.

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