Easy recipe for slow cooker tea loaf!
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 used 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.
Then simply chuck it in your slow cooker, after greasing and lining the pot with baking paper or a cake liner. Cook on high for about 1.5 to 2 hours. 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?
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Slow Cooker Tea Loaf
- 375 g mixed dried fruit I used currants, mixed peel and sultanas
- 250 ml hot tea
- 50 g butter or margarine
- 100 g light brown sugar
- 1 medium egg
- 225 g self-raising flour
- 3 tsp cinnamon
- Make the tea in a jug then measure your dried fruit into a large bowl.
- 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.
- Add the egg and beat well.
- Sift in the flour and mix. It may look dry at this stage but will be fine after you add the soaked fruit and any remaining tea.
- 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.