Most Scrumptious Tea Bread

So often tea bread and cake recipes come out dry and tasteless but not this one.  It’s deliciously moist and mouth-wateringly good and is packed full of good ingredients.  If you want that just cooked feeling you can warm each slice up in the microwave for a few seconds before eating.  Yum.

Makes 2 x 1 lb loaves.  Each loaf provides 12 slices
Skill Level: Easy
Preparation Time – 5 minutes plus overnight soaking 
Cooking Time – 1 hour 

Ingredients

150g of sultanas
150g raisins
400ml freshly brewed medium strength tea – choose an aromatic tea like Chai
250g wholemeal flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
200g soft brown sugar 
1 teaspoon mixed spice
2 tablespoons ground nut or sunflower oil
2 large or three small eggs, beaten  

Method

  1. Place the sultanas and raisins in a bowl and pour over the hot tea.  Cover it and leave to soak overnight.  In the morning much of the liquid will have been absorbed by the fruit.
  2. Preheat the oven to 170C/325F.
  3. Use greaseproof paper or baking parchment to double-line the inside of 2 x 1lb loaf tins.
  4. Mix together the flour, baking powder, sugar and mixed spice in a bowl.  Add the oil and beaten eggs.
  5. Finally add in the fruit and any remaining juices, mix thoroughly and then spoon equal amounts into the 2 loaf tins.
  6. Bake in the oven for 50 minutes to an 1 hour or until a skewer, placed into the centre of the loaf, comes out clean.  Don’t forget to check half way though cooking and cover with silver foil if the top is starting to burn. 
  7. After cooking leave to cool for a few minutes (to allow it to firm up) before removing the tin.
  8. Leave to cool on a wire rack

Top Tip: Take care if cutting when hot as it won’t slice as easily but it will be worth it and let’s face most of us can’t wait any longer.  It’s great on its own with or without a cup of tea!

Per 100 g

Low fat, low saturates, medium sugar, and low salt 

Per serving

Energy: 126 Kcals/ 524 Kjoules   Fat: 2.1g   Saturates:  0.5g  Sugars: 16.8g   Salt:  0.1g