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Earl Grey Fruit Tea Loaf Recipe with Whittard

This Fruit Tea Loaf recipe also known as Tea Bread or Teacake is perfect served as part of an Afternoon Tea. The fruit is soaked in hot tea, to help plump up the fruit and infuse the flavour of tea. I used Whittard Earl Grey Loose Tea Pouch. Not only does this make for a fruity and flavoursome cake, best of all it is both a Fat Free Cake and Dairy Free Cake.  It is quite popular to butter a slice of tea bread, which I think tastes particularly nice, however no longer fat free if you use real butter.

Fruit Tea Loaf Recipe
Fruit Tea Loaf Recipe
This recipe is used greatly in my family and is a proven favourite. The original recipe is from an old magazine cutting.

Recipe - Earl Grey Fruit Tea Loaf

  • bowl
  • kettle
  • measuring jug
  • scales  
  • wooden spoon
  • knife  
  • 2 lb loaf tin (or 2 1lb tins) - lined
Baking Tip - I use loaf liners which you can buy from most stores
Recipe Tea Loaf Tea Bread Tea Cake
Recipe Tea Loaf / Tea Bread / Tea Cake - you decide

makes one loaf 2lb loaf or 2 x 1lb loaf

150ml hot tea made with an Earl Grey tea bag (I used Whittard)
200g sultanas
75g dried figs* roughly chopped 
75g prunes* roughly chopped
150g dark muscovado sugar
2 medium eggs beaten
225gr self raising flour
2 level tsp mixed spice

*you can use any fruit you like, sometimes I swap some of the prunes and figs and add dried apricots or cherries.


Oven temp 190 or 170 fan, gas mark 5.
  • weigh and chop all the fruit and place into a bowl
  • make a pot of Earl Grey tea (I used Whittard), lets this brew for a few minutes(pour yourself a cup now if you do not like it too strong)
  • Pour 150ml of hot tea over the fruit, leave for 30 minutes to allow the tea to soak into the fruit
  • Sit and enjoy your cup of tea (this is compulsory!)
  • Beat the sugar and eggs together.
  • Add the flour and mixed spice to the egg and sugar and mix together
  • Add the fruit and tea and combine well together
  • Pour the mixture into the lined loaf tin
  • Bake in the oven for 1 hour, the cake is ready when a skewer pushed into the cake comes out clean.
Allow to cool for 5 minutes, before removing from tin and cooling on a wire rack.

It is always nice to enjoy a slice of Earl Grey Fruit Tea Loaf whilst still warm.
Fruit Tea Loaf Recipe
Loaf Liners are great for Fruit Tea Loaf Recipe
Baking Tip - Perfect cake you can freeze. It is always worth cutting a few slices and placing them in the freezer. If you have used this recipe to make 2 of the 1 lb loaf, I cut one into slices and freeze it. It makes a fabulous slice of cake to get out the freezer for any unexpected guests, a few seconds in the microwave to defrost it leaves it warm and tasting fresh out of the oven. Or leave to thaw at room temperature.

Will keep for a week in an air tight container.

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Tea Fruit Loaf makes perfect cake you can freeze
I am linking up to Love Cake with October theme of dark, perfect for the muscovado sugar and tea in this recipe. Also linking to #CookBlogShare at Super Golden Bakes.

fruit tea loaf cake recipe earl grey

Disclosure - thank you to Whittard who supplied the tea.
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  1. Ooh I have never tried this before, I do like the idea of soaking them in tea :)

    meimei xx

  2. this looks so delicious, i want a fruit loaf with my tea now!

  3. I'm not a fan of tea but I have to say this looks delicious!xx


  4. Your tea loaf sounds delicious, especially smothered in softened butter. Like the idea of soaking in tea.

  5. I absolutely love tea loaf! I need to make this ASAP - it's just perfect for breakfast. Thanks for linking to #CookBlogShare

  6. I love a fruit tea loaf but I've never tried making one with Earl Grey tea before and I drink Earl Grey every morning! I also love the addition of the prunes and figs. I always have of them in the cupboard. Thanks for linking up.

  7. I must try this, although I make a fruit loaf I do not use Earl Grey tea or prunes or figs. It sounds delicious!

  8. This sounds absolutely delicious! Going to try this next week, thank you for a fabulous recipe x

  9. fab sounding recipe definitely going to give it a go.

  10. This looks and sounds great! Just my "cup of tea!" lol

  11. This looks delicious, would it be ok to put butter on it before serving? The other half likes putting butter on.

  12. looks like my sort of cake, only trouble is if i tried to make this, i don't think the mixture would make it to the cake tin!!! lol xx

  13. Nice to find this recipe. They sell it in John Lewis cafe, friend persuaded me to try it as I HATE earl grey tea but love this!

  14. I love tea breads. They're so simple to make (no waiting for yeast to rise!). This one sounds a little different using Earl Grey tea. I must try it:-)

  15. ooo this sounds delicious! Im trying it this weekend x

  16. This looks amazing, might have to try it this weekend with my daughter

  17. I just came across this recipe after entering your apron kit competition and it popped up in my sidebar - now thinking I might have to give this a go tomorrow! I love Earl Grey tea! Yummy! x

  18. Thanks for this great recipe...my earl grey tea loaf is in the oven as I type! Can't wait to try it x

  19. Just printed off this recipe, off to try it now - thank you for sharing this on your blog

  20. What is in the mixed spice?

  21. I have followed this recipe but modified by adding 50gm of French butter, it turns out really nice. Moist and flavorful. I used a teabag of earl grey but I think it’s too light, will try 2 teabag next bake.


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