Sunday, 29 January 2012


Last night before I trod up the wooden stairs to Bedfordshire I prepared some mixed dried fruit by soaking it in some hot extremely sweet tea (me thinks this is a good way of using up some dried fruit that is perhaps getting a little bit by its best).

Today I am going to finish it off when I put the cooker on later on and hopefully produce a couple loaves of "Tea bread" for eating as a snack with some cheese and an apple or spread with some butter. In effect a cut and come again cake.    I am also going to make some of the Sticky Marmalade Tea loaf as well, and I will freeze any extra loaves for future use.

My family have always made this type of loaf, primarily round Christmas when my Nan used to make them and give them to family members; a role which my mum has taken on in recent years.  Ever mindful that I have someone at home who will not always get himself something to eat or snack on when he is hungry for fear he takes something that I could make a meal out of (daft bat), I thought that this might remedy this position as I know he loves fruit cake of any description.  I also thought that it would be a good addition to keep in the "Tins" (i.e. the Cake Tin) in case of any unexpected guests.; as this ideal to serve with a cup of tea.

This particular recipe comes from the Be Ro booklet that came home with me the other day and is not one I have made before but the cheapness and simplicity appealed to the frugal part of me especially as it is a cake that does not use fat.  Each loaf is supposed to produce 12 slices.

The ingredients for Brack are:

8oz sultanas
4oz raisins
4oz currants
6oz Demerara Sugar
1/4 pint hot tea
1 medium egg
8oz S R Flour

(I also did not have enough currants so I used some vine fruits that I had to make up the quantity so I think that this loaf would be very forgiving in that you could put in what you have to hand as long as you keep to the measurements I also doubled up on the ingredients)

Mix together the dried fruits the sugar and the hot tea; (make sure the tea is hot so that the sugar dissolves and the fruit swells up more evenly)

Cover and leave overnight to stand;

Heat the oven to 106 degrees C; 325 degrees F; Gas Mark 3.  Grease and line the  base of a 2lb loaf tin

Add the egg to the fruit, beating and mixing it in well and then add in the flour by stirring it until well combined.

Place the mixture into the tin and bake for about 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours until firm

I will let you know how I get on later on

Other recipes of a similar nature are  at:

Malt Bread:
Sticky Marmalade Tea Loaf:

Right I am off to play - today is play day




  1. I picked up a small Be-Ro cookery booklet before Xmas - it was a £1.00 from Morrisons - The receipes are quite straighforward and for me at least easy - I went and got my Daughter in Law a copy of it too as I thought it was such a good little booklet - I wonder if you have the same one? Above recipe sounds very nice too xx

  2. How funny - I said to Sime yesterday that I'll look for a recipe for a fat free tea bread...

    We use ground linseeds in place of eggs, so we could make this!

    Thank you Pattypan - have a good week.

    Kay :)

  3. Hi Trudie

    Apparently they bring one out every year and the version I have is the 40th edition. The current version that is out is the 41st. Although I do have a flea bargain find of one from the 50's an earlier version than the one my mum has. They are delightful practical little books and I just love the recipes in them. Good family food which still has a place in the hearths and homes of this country.

    Take care



  4. Hi Kay

    Glad to be of assistance. I love good food and have been told by my GP basically not to buy processed food as it slows up our basic systems and makes them sluggish and he has indicated to cook everything from scratch. You have me curious though how would linseeds replace the eggs? Is it the oil from the linseeds that is used or do you use both the seed and the residual oil. Be pleased to learn.

    Hope you are both keeping well

    Take care



  5. Hello again Pattypan,

    Ground linseeds mixed with water make a nice gloopy mixture. We use about 1 heaped tsp of linseeds to 2 tbsp of water, though most of the time we just add the linseed powder at the end & without extra water - as they are really good for binding ingredients & can be used in sweet & savoury dishes.

    Kay :)


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