Traditional Teabread

traditional teabread

Traditional Teabread

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Servings: 2 loaves
Calories: 1837
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 1 lb self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground mixed spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 oz butter or margarine
  • 4 oz soft brown sugar
  • 8 oz mixed dried fruit
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 8 floz strong cold tea


  • Base-line and grease two 450 g (1 lb) loaf tins.
  • Sift together the flour, mixed spice and baking powder. Rub in the butter or margarine until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  • Stir in the sugar and dried fruit. Make a well in the centre and gradually add the eggs and tea to form a soft dropping consistency.
  • Divide the mixture between the two tins and level the surface with the back of a metal spoon. Bake in a moderate oven for 1 - 1 1/4 hours, or until a warmed skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Remove from the tins and allow to cool on wire racks. Serve sliced and buttered.
  • If you want to freeze the loaf sliced, to remove 1 or 2 pieces at a time, then interleave the slices with pieces of plastic or greaseproof paper and reshape the loaf. Pack and freeze.


Oven temperature 180°C, 350°F, gas 4
Calories: 1837 kcal
Carbohydrates: 306 g
Protein: 37 g
Fat: 55g
Saturated Fat: 31 g
Trans Fat: 2 g
Cholesterol: 286 mg
Sodium: 716 mg
Potassium: 1167 mg
Fiber: 17 g
Sugar: 122 g
Vitamin A: 1673 IU
Vitamin C: 2 mg
Calcium: 431 mg
Iron: 6 mg
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