Fairtrade Tea Bread

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Serves: 8 - 10
Preparation: 60 minutes
Cooking Time: 75 minutes


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


  1. Put the strong tea into a large bowl and stir in the sugar until it has all dissolved.
  2. Add the dried fruit, cover the bowl with a plate and leave to soak overnight.
  3. Next day, preheat the oven to gas mark 4/180°C/fan oven 160°C.
  4. 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.
  5. Give the mixture a good stir until all the flour is completely combined.
  6. 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.
  7. Turn out onto a wire rack and cool.
  8. Slice and serve on its own or with butter.

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