Recipe – Earl Grey Tea Loaf

This is a proper English cake, full of currants and tea flavours. It’s gooey and stays fresh for ages, perfect with a spread of butter! This is another Mary Berry recipe we follow with a small adjustment. You’ll need to start it the night before.

You will need:

  • 175g currants
  • 175g sultanas
  • 300ml of Earl Grey tea – use two teabags!
  • 280g self raising flour
  • 230g light brown sugar (preferably muscovado)
  • 1 beaten egg

Make the tea and soak the currants and sultanas in the tea overnight.

Pre-heat the oven to 130 degrees and line a 2lb loaf tin with butter. Cut a length of greaseproof paper and put this long-ways into the tin.

Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl, including any extra tea from the soaked fruit. Ensure everything is well mixed. The pour into the tin, ensuring the top is leveled.

Bake, checking after 75 minutes – it is ready when the top has expanded a little and it’s firm to the touch, however it can take up to 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Leave to cool in the tin for a short while and then turn out to cool on a rack.

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