Berry Tea Loaf

A super quick recipe if you’re organised and soak the fruit the night before, just do it when you’re brewing up.  I created this when I had an urge to bake tea loaf, but went to the cupboard to find I’d used most of my dried fruit for the vat of boozy fruit I’ve got on the go.  I have to say dried cherries and blueberries in a tea loaf are just lovely – a nice tangy bite to them, definitely a good invention.
290ml strong black tea340g mixed dried fruit – sultanas, cranberries, cherries and blueberries (if you want a traditional tea loaf just use sultanas and raisins)115g caster sugar225g self raising flour1 large egg, beaten
Preheat the oven to 170c/150c Fan/Gas Mark 3.Soak the fruit overnight in the tea.  I do this late evening before I go to bed, usually when it’s my turn to brew up.

The following morning stir through the sugar followed by the beaten egg.

Finally sift over the flour and stir till thoroughly mixed.

Add the mixture to a lined 2lb loaf tin.  I also tried out these dinky little loaf cases from Sainsburys.

Bake in the oven for approx one hour to one hour 15 minutes, cover with a loose sheet of baking paper if the top is starting to brown too quickly.  The loaf is done when a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean.  If you are using mini loaf cases they take about 40 minutes to cook.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

Delicious any time of the day – but definitely best with a cuppa!

Mini Loaf Cake Cases – Sainsbury’s

Berry Tea Loaf

Ruth Clemens, Baker Extraordinaire

Finalist on BBC2 The Great British Bake Off

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27 Responses to Berry Tea Loaf

  1. PlumLeaf 李葉 says:

    I have a similar recipe, sultana tea loaf. Love how simple it is, yet tastes delicious! I made some for craft class & all was quiet with munching of tea loaf!

  2. Kim says:

    Fab Ruth thanks. Love tea loaf and those mini loaf cases are gorgeous-just added them to my shopping order! I have some reusable tin ones but love this idea!

  3. Peter Rabbit says:

    oooh that looks lovely ruth! thanks, i shall be giving that one a go! didnt know sainsburys made those little cases ~ ive been looking for little tins everywhere!

  4. Bikeboy says:

    No – you don't need to drain off any of the tea.

    Yes, you could add glace cherries to the initial fruit mix and walnuts to the final mix – especially if they're lurking in the cupboard, feeling unloved.

    Thanks Ruth – this really is a stonker

  5. Sophie says:

    I have recently made a tea loaf I saw on a CBeebies programme called 'I Can Cook' it was delicious but it didn't have any sugar in!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hi Ruth, will definitely be giving this a try but have to say the link to mini loaf cases at Sainsburys doesn't give any info. Have they sold out already?

  7. Ruth says:

    The link is to the online groceries section of Sainsburys, as the loaf cases are sold in store and not online. If you online shop with JS then log in and the link will take you to the product, if not then you can find them in the baking section in store x

  8. Anonymous says:

    I found them in my local branch this morning Ruth. They really are dinky – not sure I would have found them without an assistant's help. 🙂
    I also have my dried cranberries, blueberries and sour cherries which will all be soaking over-night ready to cook tomorrow.
    I just hope they turn out as good as yours.

  9. AndyPandyspuddin says:

    I just made this tea-loaf using the fruits I had in, it's a great success! Thanks Ruth x

  10. Chiara says:

    I made this to have with my morning coffee break. Thanks Ruth, a fantastic morning pick me up!

  11. Choclette says:

    Yum haven't made tea loaf for years, must do so and use your mix of blueberries and cherries – sounds lovely.

  12. Skye says:

    Hi Ruth
    Im Skye from Australia and I just finished watching the final episode of 'The Great British Bake Off' and im in tears lol your such an insperation hun, and your baking skills are amazing! Love your blog and all your recipes! Hope your well take care

    Skye xx

  13. tracey h says:

    i soaked my dried mixed fruit last night, and made the loaf today…yummy and really easy to make.
    will be a regular appearance in my house.
    thanks ruth.

  14. Peter Rabbit says:

    skye has just reminded me of the great british bake off ~ which i loved ~ made me think tho ruth ~ have you ever thought of doing some teaching on how to be efficient/organised? you were so incredibly organised and quick ~ i wish i was!

  15. Kim says:

    Just made this Ruth. I used cranberries, raisins and sultanas and it is absolutely delicious. I had a slice warm with butter and a cup of tea – yum!! Pic on my blog.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Made this today and it is gorgoues, half saved at home, half taken warm round to a friends to enjoy with a nice cup of tea and chat – perfect.

  17. says:

    Have made this tea loaf and it is delicious, can you use brown sugar instead of caster sugar.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Just made this using luxury mixed fruit (cherries, sultanas, raisins, peel etc.) Absolutely gorgeous!. keep the recipes coming Ruth……..thanks

  19. Anonymous says:

    I made this and we have just had some for tea. It was delicious and so easy. The sour cherries really lifted the taste. Thanks

  20. Ruth says:

    Yes you could use brown sugar instead of caster for a darker loaf with a caramel taste x

  21. Kaz says:

    Just made this and it is really delicious – I used glace cherries and they worked really well. I really love all your recipes Ruth, I'm quite new to baking as I'm only 27 and I find your recipes really easy to understand. Do you have a good mince pie recipe for me to impress the family with? xxx

  22. Anonymous says:

    Hello, you're a brilliant cook I saw you on the t.v programme you did very well! Well done, I also know your son Ashley, he's lovely.
    What an inspiration xx

  23. Anonymous says:

    Hi, loving the recipes. I have tried out the halloween muffins and the marble cake. Have to say the marble cake came out great, I made it for a charity cake sale and it was one of the first to sell out 🙂 Brilliant – Thanks.


  24. Anne says:

    I love those cases, think will have to treat myself to some!

    The tea loaf looks delicious, is one of my favourite cakes to eat!

  25. Anonymous says:

    Just baked this tea loaf today, big success! My husband loves it, I didn't have any cranberries or blueberries, so I just used extra sultanas and added a few glace cherries. Lovely and moist. I topped it with a simple glace icing with almond extract and sprinkled a few flaked almonds on the top – delicious! Thank you for the inspiration, I look forward to making more of your recipes, many thanks, Lynda.

  26. Dirtgirl says:

    Brilliant recipe, i now make this at least every fortnight and also took one to our Book Club meeting and everyone loved it.
    I use Twinings Fruit flavoured Tea bags, usually Cranberry and Pomegranite and it adds an extra fruity tase to the cake.

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