Fat Free Tea Cake

This delicious Fat Free Tea Cake contains sultanas soaked in tea which makes them big, juicy and gives a lovely flavour. It's fat free, low calorie and requires hardly any preparation at all.

It's ideal for packed lunches through the week and freezes well. Make variations of Fat Free Tea Cake by using earl grey or red bush tea. Add a few chopped nuts or use a dried mixed fruit instead of sultanas if you like.

If you don't have time to leave the sultanas to soak overnight then speed up the process by putting the tea and sultanas in a saucepan and simmer until most of the liquid has gone. If you're not keen on the flavour of strong tea take the tea bags out when the tea is at the desired strength.

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Fat Free Tea Cake: Makes 12-14 slices

Time:  10 mins hands on time + 90 mins baking

Cost:  11p per slice*

Calories:  211 per slice*

*based on 12 slices

  • 300g sultanas
  • 2 tea bags
  • 600ml boiling water
  • 2 teaspoons mixed spice
  • 125g brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 275g self raising flour
  1. In a large bowl, make some strong tea with the boiling water and the tea bags. Add the sultanas (leaving the tea bags in), cover and leave to soak over night.
  2. Remove the tea bags from the sultanas and drain off most of excess tea. Add the sugar, spice and eggs and mix until well combined.
  3. Add the flour little by little stirring well each time until the mixture just falls off a spoon and is not too sloppy. You may not need to use all of the flour, depending on how soggy the sultanas are.
  4. Pour the mixture into a greased loaf tin or cake tin. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 160 C / gas mark 3 for 90 minutes until a knife comes out clean. Leave to cool before slicing.

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