Tea Loaf

Good morning fellow frugalistas.

Well today has dawned cloudy and grey and the grown ups of the house have snotty noses and stuffy heads; however little S seems to be on top of the world so we’ll have to think of something fun to do!

This morning sees S’s Footytotz class restart, this is £5 a week but it’s his weekly opportunity to see the friends he’s had since he was born and it’s great for team building, confidence and of course exercise. After that we’re planning to head over to Ikea where we can grab a quick, cheap lunch. There are lots of free kids activities on today including face painting, balloon modelling and crafts, plus we can take advantage of the free creche to give ourselves an hour off!

To offset the spending today, I have already knocked up a tea loaf, the recipe for which I’ve linked to below. A quick tip – I didn’t have any self raising flour but found that for every 6oz plain flour you can add 2 teaspoons of baking soda to turn it into self raising! I also used two little hotel-portion size tubs of marmalade that we got given at a (free) Paddington Bear party at our local bookshop!

Tea Loaf image from Pinterest

Tea Loaf image from Pinterest

I am also selling on a Frozen hoodie that I bought for S and after a few wears it turns out I can no longer get it over his head. Finally I will be washing the six items of age 4-5 clothes that I purchased in the charity shop yesterday; S’s 2015 wardrobe is now almost complete, I could just use another couple of pairs of pyjamas and some vests so I will look out in the charity shops and on the Facebook selling sites for those.

Anyway. Here’s that tea loaf recipe. Enjoy!

Reposted from Nigella.com


  • 1 cup cold black tea
  • 8 oz mixed dried fruit
  • 8 oz self-raising flour
  • 4 oz superfine sugar
  • 1 large beaten egg
  • 2 tablespoons orange marmalade


  1. Grease a 1.5lb (675g) loaf tin
  2. Preheat oven to 180c or gas 4
  3. Place the fruit in a small bowl, pour the cold tea over the top
  4. Soak overnight if possible, or until the fruit swells
  5. In a bowl combine the flour, sugar, egg and marmalade
  6. Then, pour in the fruit and any tea left in the bowl. Stir thoroughly
  7. Put into loaf tin and bake in the oven for 1 hour
  8. Allow to cool slightly before removing from the tin

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