Fairtrade Tea Bread

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 07/03/2014 | Category: Fairtrade

The Fairtrade Fortnight (24th Feb – 9th March) celebrations continue with this easy to prepare Tea Bread, a perfect afternoon accompaniment to a cup of Fairtrade 99 tea.

• Preparation Time:  Around  60 mins
• Cooking Time: 75 mins
• Serves:  8-10


  • 300ml strong The Co-operative Fairtrade tea
  • 225g dark muscovado sugar
  • 400g dried mixed fruit
  • 1 free-range egg
  • 285g self-raising flour


Put the strong tea into a large bowl and stir in the sugar until it has all dissolved.

Add the dried fruit, cover the bowl with a plate and leave to soak overnight.

Next day, preheat the oven to gas mark 4/180°C/fan oven 160°C.

Give the mixture a stir to ensure that none of the sugar has settled at the bottom, then add the egg and, finally, the flour.

Give the mixture a good stir until all the flour is completely combined.

Tip the mixture into a greased and lined 2lb loaf tin and bake in the preheated oven for around 1½ hours, or until the cake is firm to the touch and a skewer comes out clean.

Turn out onto a wire rack and cool.

Slice and serve on its own or with butter.


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