This is an old recipe of my Mother’s. I have not a notion who Jessie Tweddle was but when having a cup of tea at my Mother’s the statement ‘You’ll be having a piece of Jessie Tweddles tea loaf’ was always made. I gave the recipe to a friend on Vi’s pantry and it really kicked off. This easy to make little loaf has quite a following now. It is quite simply delicious. If you can, leave it for a few days before eating as it is much the better for it. Enjoy a slice with butter.
Jessie Tweddles Tea Loaf
4oz/100gms brown sugar
8 oz /200gms dried mixed fruit
1 Teacup cold tea
1 level teaspoon Bicarbonate of soda
8 oz /200gms Self Raising Flour
1 teasp mixed spice
Simmer marg/butter, sugar,fruit, tea,soda bic. for 20 mins.
Allow to cool add egg flour and spice.
Bake in a loaf tin at 350.F/180.C/Gas 4 until skewer comes out clean.
Cherries and nuts can be added if desired.
You can use any combination of fruit you like or just one
I added strong coffee instead of tea and replaced a tablespoon of flour with a tablespoon of cocoa and it was delicious.