My Grandmother's Fat Free English Tea Loaf - Bread

Recipe by French Tart
READY IN: 13hrs




  • You will need two 1 lb (450 g) loaf tins (6 x 4 x 2 1/2 inches), the bases lined with greaseproof paper (parchment).
  • The evening before you want to bake these loaves, place all the fruits, including the candied peel, in a bowl, then dissolve the sugar in the hot tea, pour this over the fruits, cover the bowl and leave it overnight.
  • Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 3, 325°F/170°C.
  • Beat the egg and add the milk.
  • Add the beaten egg & milk mixture to the bowl containing the fruits. Then sift in the flour, and mix them together well.
  • Now divide the mixture between the prepared loaf tins and bake them in the centre of the oven for 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours, or until they feel springy in the centre.
  • Then straight away, loosen them with a palette knife and turn them out on to a wire rack to cool.
  • Store in an airtight tin or cover with extra greaseproof paper and freeze. (For up to 3 months).
  • These are great sliced, toasted and served with butter as a tea-time snack.