Fat Free Fruit Tea Loaf


This is what we should have beene ating this morning instead of the reipe I posted yesterday, but as usual I saw a recipe title (the fat free bit didn’t grab my attention, just the fruit tea loaf) I liked, I read through the list of ingredients and liked the sound of it and rushed into making it before reading through the method……….where I discovered that the fruit had to soak for 2-3 hours in the tea mixture.  At after 7pm, there was no way I was hanging around waiting for that to soak and then waiting for it to cook, so I made it today instead.  Here’s the recipe:


  • 1 Darjeeling tea bag
  • 300g soft dried fruit such as apricots, prunes, apples etc
  • 175g soft brown sugar
  • 2 medium eggs beaten
  • 225g wholemeal flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 2 ripe bananas sliced

How to make it

  1. Grease and base line a 1kg loaf tin
  2. Soak the tea bag in 300ml boiling water for 5 minutes
  3. Roughly chop the fruit and add to the tea, discarding the tea bag and soak for 2 to 3 hours
  4. Preheat the oven to 180C, gas mark 4
  5. Mix in the sugar and eggs
  6. Mix together the flour, baking powder and mixed spice and fold into the fruit mixture
  7. Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 45 minutes or until firm to touch and a skewer comes out clean
  8. Allow to cool slightly before slicing


Serve with sliced bananas

I don’t have the best of ovens, but even with turning the temperature up to 200 before starting the baking this still took an extra 20 minutes on top of the 45 minutes stated in the recipe and my oven isnt normally that badly out after adjusting the temperature!  So it may take a little longer than 45 minutes to cook.

ready for the oven

ready for the oven

cooling off

cooling off


one half for breakfast tomorrow, one half for the freezer ready for a breakfast next week

one half for breakfast tomorrow, one half for the freezer ready for a breakfast next week



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