I hadn’t even heard of tea loaf before I met my (now) husband, but it gets made quite often in our house now. It is a simple recipe with doesn’t contain any fat at all so it would be good as a low fat pudding. There is quite a bit of sugar though!
– 8 oz sultanas
– 4 oz raisins
– 4 oz currants
– 6 oz Demerara sugar
– 1/4 pint hot tea
– 1 medium egg
– 8 oz self-raising flour
Put the sultanas, raisins, currants, sugar and hot tea in a bowl. Mix well and then cover and leave overnight. Heat the oven to 160C/325F/Gas Mark 3, then grease and line the base of a 2 lb loaf tin. Add the egg, bust well and then stir in the flour. Make sure it’s thoroughly combined. Place the mixture into the tin and bake for about 90 minutes until firm.
NB – always use hot tea so the sugar dissolves and the dried fruit swells more easily.
The end result is a dark, dense loaf which cuts like a loaf of bread. My husband likes this cut in thick slices with butter on them – as there’s no fat in the loaf itself. I prefer it this as is, but try it both ways. A very simple, tasty loaf to bake, I really recommend you try this!