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Mixed spice tea loaf: Because tea makes everything better…

There’s been sadness, chaos, tears and a lot of sleepless nights lately.

As you will know from my previous post, I lost my beloved Grandmother, then we’ve upped sticks and are back at my parents as we’re moving house soon, Maggie May has been teething (I know, someone pass me the gin) whilst in the midst of weaning and I’ve had some pretty intense work related scenarios to get through.

But today is Monday.

Many dread it, but for me today means a new start.

I’ve found that inner British stoic “must march on” spirit and am embracing one of the only remedies that can fix anything in the whole wide world:


Because there’s nothing a strong brew cannot fix right? Especially when it’s in cake!

Tea loaf


This recipe is from Grandma’s cookbook and it really is delicious, easy to make and I found it relaxing to bake.

You need:

1/2 pint Tea

6 oz dried mixed fruit

4oz butter

4oz sugar

9oz Self-raising

Pinch of salt

1 teaspoon of mixed spice

1 teaspoon of baking powder


Oven: 130 degrees, electric fan.

Brew the tea in a pan. Add in the sugar, fruit and butter and mix until the butter has melted. You can take the tea bag out half way through.

Take off the heat and add in the flour, spice, sugar and baking powder, mixing until combined.

Lightly grease a loaf tin and pour in the mix.

Bake for 1.5 hours, turning half way through.

Then, take a slice, spread on some proper butter, take a deep breath and remember, there’s nothing that a cuppa and a piece of cake can’t solve.



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