Vegan Earl Grey tea loaf – a slice of this easy, fat-free fruity tea loaf spread with vegan butter is an ideal mid-morning or afternoon snack. It keeps well, is simple to make and is absolutely delicious! Eggless and dairy-free.
Tea loaf is a classic British cake consisting of a simple fatless loaf cake filled with juicy, tea soaked dried fruit with a hint of spice.
It is moist and tender with a slightly chewy texture, and it makes a fantastic mid morning or afternoon snack with a cup of tea.
It is delicious as it is but I like it best spread generously with vegan butter, the cake itself is fat-free after all!
This vegan Earl Grey tea loaf recipe comes from Great British Vegan by Aimee Ryan. She kindly sent me over a copy to review and try a recipe from.
Great British Vegan By Aimee Ryan:
I have been following her blog since before I even went vegan myself and have enjoyed making several of her recipes so I knew the cookbook was going to be good!
As the name suggests, Great British Vegan is all about plant-based versions of classic British dishes. Those familiar, comforting meals and bakes that are sadly not vegan friendly; until now that is!
The recipes are simple to make and don’t use any weird or hard to find ingredients so they are suitable for everyone.
The book covers everything from breakfasts to weeknight dinners to Sunday roast to Afternoon tea to British bakes to vegan essentials and more!
So many of the recipes have caught my eye and I am particularly looking forward to trying out cheesy pea soup, cider and bean stew with herby dumplings, bourbon tiffin and veggie Wellington. And next years Christmas dessert is going to have to be Aimee’s chocolate orange Christmas pudding!
Nearly every recipe has a beautiful accompanying photograph, something that I think is extremely important in a cookbook; you need to be able to see what the dish is supposed to look like!
I love that the recipes have a focus on comforting, homely classics. I am very keen on veganising traditional recipes myself, particularly of the comfort food and cake kind, so Aimee’s book is right up my street.
Aimee generously allowed me to recreate and blog this vegan Earl Grey tea loaf recipe from Great British Vegan. The recipe was easy to follow and the cake is absolutely delicious and just as I remember tea loaf tasting in my pre-vegan days.
Overall I think that Great British Vegan is a wonderful cookbook that is perfect for both new and seasoned vegans alike and it is a very welcome addition to my collection.
What Do I Need To Make Vegan Earl Grey Tea Loaf?:
Tea: This recipe uses Earl Grey tea to soak the fruit in which gives the loaf a lovely flavour, but regular black tea will work just as well. Use tea bags rather than loose leaf for ease.
Mixed dried fruit: I used a pre-mixed bag of dried fruits which most supermarkets sell – a mix of raisins, sultanas, currants and candied mixed peel. You can use whichever dried fruits you like provided the weight is the same but raisins and/or sultanas and currants is traditional.
The fruit needs to be soaked in the tea overnight so make sure that you start the day before you want to bake the cake!
Unsweetened soy yogurt: this replaces the usual eggs and helps to keep the loaf lovely and moist. I haven’t tried it with coconut yogurt instead but see no reason why it wouldn’t work.
Mixed spice: mixed spice adds just a hint of warming spice flavour. You can use apple or pumpkin pie spice instead.
Dark brown sugar: dark brown sugar adds moisture and flavour. This cake is only lightly sweetened as lots of sweetness also comes from the fruit.
Self-raising flour and baking powder: self-raising flour with a little bit of extra baking powder makes the loaf light and fluffy.
How To Make Vegan Earl Grey Tea Loaf:
(For ingredients and full instructions see the recipe card below)
The fruit needs to be soaked overnight before you bake the cake so do bear that in mind before you start!
Place the mixed dried fruit and a couple of Earl Grey tea bags in a large bowl and bour over 300ml of just boiled water. Give it a stir, cover and leave to soak overnight.
The following day, mix together self-raising flour, baking powder, mixed spice and dark brown soft sugar in a large bowl.
Add unsweetened soy yogurt and the fruit mixture, including the soaking water. Squeeze the teabags to get all of the flavour out then throw them away. Stir everything together to form a batter.
Pour it into a greased and lined 2lb loaf tin and spread it level. Bake the tea loaf for 1 hour until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
Leave it to cool in the tin for a few minutes before turning it out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
If you want the loaf to have a glazed, sticky finish, heat some marmalade with a splash of water in a small pan until it is runny then brush it over the top of the loaf while it is still warm.
For the best results make sure that you follow the recipe closely. As always, I highly recommend weighing your ingredients using the gram measurements (with a digital scale), rather than the cup conversions. Cup measurements are simply not accurate enough for baking and I cannot guarantee the best results if you use them.
The fruit needs to be soaked in the tea overnight so do make sure you start the day before you want to bake the tea loaf.
The Earl Grey tea can be swapped for English Breakfast tea or regular builders brew. I don’t recommend using green, white or fruit/herbal teas; stick to black tea.
How To Store It:
This vegan Earl Grey tea loaf will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to five days.
I imagine it would also freeze well.
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Vegan Earl Grey Tea Loaf
- 2 Earl Grey tea bags
- 250 g (9 oz/1 ¾ cups) mixed dried fruit
- 275 g (9 ¾oz/2 cups + 3 Tbsp) self-raising flour
- 60 g (2oz/⅓ cup) dark brown sugar
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp ground mixed spice (apple/pumpkin spice)
- 90 g (3 ¼oz/6 Tbsp) unsweetened soy yogurt
- 2 Tbsp marmalade (optional)
- The night before you want to bake the tea loaf, place the tea bags and the dried fruit in a large bowl and pour over 300ml (1 ¼ cups) of just boiled water. Give it a stir then cover and leave to soak overnight.
- The following day, preheat the oven to 180°C/160°Cfan/350°F/gas mark 4. Grease a 900g/2lb loaf tin and line it with greaseproof paper.
- Mix together the self-raising flour, sugar, baking powder and mixed spice in a large bowl.
- Add the soy yogurt and the fruit mixture, including the soaking liquid. Squeeze the teabags to get all of the flavour out then throw them away.
- Stir everything together to form a batter, making sure that no dry patches remain. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and spread it level.
- Bake the tea loaf for 1 hour until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave it to cool in the tin for a few minutes before turning it out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
- If you want the loaf to have a glazed, sticky finish, heat the marmalade with a splash of water in a small pan until it is runny then brush it over the top of the loaf while it is still warm.
- For the best results make sure that you follow the recipe closely. As always, I highly recommend weighing your ingredients using the gram measurements (with a digital scale), rather than the cup conversions. Cup measurements are simply not accurate enough for baking and I cannot guarantee the best results if you use them.
- The fruit needs to be soaked in the tea overnight so do make sure you start the day before you want to bake the tea loaf.
- Recipe from Great British Vegan By Aimee Ryan.