honey tea breadMakes one 900g (2lb) loaf

  • 225g (8oz) raisins 
  • 75g (3oz) set honey 
  • 300ml (½pt) freshly made strong tea 
  • 2 eggs, size 3, lightly beaten 
  • 275g (10oz) whole-wheat flour 
  • 2.5ml (½tsp)ground mixed spice 
  • 15ml (1tbsp) baking powder


Place the raisins in a bowl. Stir the honey into the tea and pour this over raisins. Leave to soak for 2 hours. Stir the eggs into the raisin mixture. 

Pre-heat oven to 180°C, 350°F, Gas Mark 4. Mix the flour with the spice and baking powder then mix these dry ingredients into the raisin mixture. Transfer to a greased 900g (2lb) loaf tin and bake for about 1 hour 10 minutes. 

Cook on a wire rack and serve sliced and buttered.