Tea loaf recipe

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Why not bake a delicious tea loaf recipe as an afternoon treat. This cake recipe is packed with dried mixed fruits and is perfect topped with butter

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  • healthy
Preparation Time15 mins leave the fruit to soak in the tea for at least two hours, overnight if possible.
Cooking Time1 hours
Total Time1 hours 15 mins
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories458 Kcal23%
Sugar77.7 g86%
Fat1.8 g3%
Saturated Fat0.5 g3%
Salt0.48 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein7.2 g14%
Carbohydrates106.0 g41%
Salt0.48 gRow 7 - Cell 2

Our tea loaf recipe is easy to make and is best served with a generous helping of butter.

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.  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 (if you ditch the butter) when it comes to an afternoon treat.


  • 4 Rooibos tea bags (or any strong tea)
  • 500g pack mixed dried fruit
  • 125g light brown sugar
  • 250g self-raising flour
  • ½ 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 180°C/350°F/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.

Tip tip for making tea loaf

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

Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at Goodto.com and has over 10 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the best food hampers to cookbooks, from the best cake stands to kitchen appliances, Jessica has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to must-have food products. A passionate baker, she spends some of her time creating celebration cakes for friends and family including her two lucky children.