This is my easy recipe for slow cooker tea loaf, the slow cooker fruit cake you will love.
One of the great things about slow cookers is that they don’t generate as much heat as your normal oven.
On a sultry, storm-coming evening like tonight, I can use my slow cooker to bake a tea loaf without heating the house up further, and while getting on with other things.
Perfect in my book! I use a standard tea loaf recipe, cramming in loads of currants, mixed peel and sultanas, and flavouring it with plenty of cinnamon.
So comforting and great to slice up for a snack.
Here’s what you will need to make this tea loaf fruit cake (quantities are in the recipe card below):
- mixed dried fruit (currents, mixed peel, sultanas etc)
- tea bag – to make up the hot black tea to soak the dried fruit in
- light brown sygar
- self-raising flour
How to make slow cooker tea loaf
- Soak the fruit in tea for a couple of hours.
- Make up the cake mixture – cream the butter with the sugar, then add the egg.
- Fold in the flour and cinnamon.
- Drain the fruit and stir it into the cake mixture.
- Grease and line the pot with baking paper or a cake liner. I like to use (affiliate link) these cake cases.
- Then simply put the mixture in your slow cooker.
- Cook on high for about 1.5 to 2 hours with a tea towel under the lid to catch drips, or until fully cooked. Note that times may vary based on your slow cooker. Check with a skewer to see if the centre is cooked, and rotate the bowl if it appears to be catching on a hotspot.
In the meantime, do whatever you please!
In just a while you can enjoy a slice of rich homemade fruit cake with a cup of tea. Would you even know it was baked in a slow cooker?
Tea loaf is quite similar to the Welsh bara brith, they both have the same origins I am sure. Dried fruit soaked in tea is a great old-fashioned way of baking.
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Slow Cooker Tea Loaf
- Make the tea in a jug then measure your dried fruit into a large bowl.250 ml hot tea, 375 g mixed dried fruit
- Pour the hot tea over the dried fruit and mix it well. Cover the bowl and leave it to soak overnight if possible or for a few hours. I soaked mine for 3 hours and this seemed plenty, as the fruit plumped up and soaked in a lot of the tea.
- Cream the butter with the sugar in another large bowl.50 g butter or margarine, 100 g light brown sugar
- Add the egg and beat well.1 medium egg
- Sift in the flour and cinnamon and mix. It may look dry at this stage but will be fine after you add the soaked fruit and any remaining tea.225 g self-raising flour, 3 tsp cinnamon
- Add the fruit and any remaining tea. If there is a lot of remaining tea the best method is to pour some off into a bowl, and add it bit by bit until the mixture is moist but not too runny.
- Mix well.
- Grease and line your slow cooker pot with baking paper, then pour in the tea loaf mixture.
- Cook on high for one and a half to two hours. Keep an eye out for burning. Use the skewer test in the centre of the cake to check when it is ready.