golden tea loaf recipe

golden tea loaf recipe

Golden Tea Loaf Recipe

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Baking Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 8-10 slices


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins (sultanas)
  • Optional: 1/4 cup chopped nuts (such as almonds or walnuts)


  1. Preheat the Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a 9×5-inch loaf pan or line it with parchment paper for easy removal.
  2. Prepare the Dry Ingredients:
    • In a medium bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Cream Butter and Sugar:
    • In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened unsalted butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy using an electric mixer.
  4. Add Eggs and Flavorings:
    • Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
    • Mix in the vanilla extract and lemon zest until well combined.
  5. Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients:
    • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, alternating with the milk. Begin and end with the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined. Do not overmix.
  6. Add Raisins and Nuts:
    • Gently fold in the golden raisins and chopped nuts (if using) until evenly distributed throughout the batter.
  7. Bake the Loaf:
    • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top with a spatula.
    • Bake in the preheated oven for about 55-65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
  8. Cool and Serve:
    • Allow the golden tea loaf to cool in the pan for about 10-15 minutes.
    • Carefully remove the loaf from the pan and transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely.
    • Slice and serve with butter, jam, or your favorite spread.


  • For a citrus twist, you can add a tablespoon of orange zest along with the lemon zest.
  • To make the loaf extra moist, soak the golden raisins in warm water for about 10 minutes before adding them to the batter. Drain well before folding them in.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, or in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Nutritional Information (per serving, based on 10 servings):

  • Calories: 220 kcal
  • Total Fat: 10g
    • Saturated Fat: 6g
    • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 60mg
  • Sodium: 160mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 30g
    • Dietary Fiber: 1g
    • Sugars: 15g
  • Protein: 4g

Enjoy this delightful Golden Tea Loaf with its tender crumb and sweet, fruity flavors, perfect for tea time or as a tasty snack!

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