The classic Tea Cake, perfect to enjoy paired with a hot cup of tea and a relaxing afternoon.
This tea cake is infused with English Breakfast Tea. You can use loose leaf or tea bags for this. Which is then steeped for 10 minutes and then poured over chopped dates. The dates will soak and soften whilst catching all that glorious English breakfast tea flavours. This easy batter is foolproof, making it a great option for you to whip up when you need a tea cake for guests or snacks for the week.
Under 10-ingredients and completely gluten free if you choose to use gluten free flour. You can easily find plain all purpose gluten free flour from your local supermarket or health food store. Allowing everyone to enjoy this cake.
This tea cake is also naturally dairy free without the use of butter or milk. An egg is included in the batter to help bind all the ingredients together.
Serve your freshly baked English Breakfast Tea Cake Loaf with a cup of matching tea, coffee or a cold beverage, depending on the season you will be enjoying it!Print
English Breakfast Tea Cake (Gluten & Dairy Free)
- Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
- Yield: Serves: 5-7
English Breakfast Tea Cake! Gluten & dairy free, this cake is under 10-ingredients and a lovely treat to enjoy with friends on a relaxing afternoon!
- 1 ¾ cups (400ml) boiling water
- 1 Tbsp loose leaf English breakfast tea or 2 English Breakfast Tea Bags
- 3 cups (400g) dried pitted dates
- ½ cup (80g) coconut sugar or light brown sugar
- 2 cups (300g) gluten free all purpose plain flour, or regular wheat flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 large egg (70g in shell), lightly whisked at room temperature
- 1 tsp ground all spice
- Preheat oven to 180ºC (350ºC). Line a 9 inch x 5 inch rectangle baking pan with parchment paper, set aside. NOTE: Alternatively, if you have a non-stick pan, liberally grease it with melted butter and dust it with a light layer of flour. This will leave your finished loaf with smooth edges.
- Pour boiling water into a large heatproof jug. Add loose leaf tea or tea bags and allow to steep for 10 minutes.
- Whilst tea is steeping, place dates into a high-speed food processor and pulse until chopped into small chunks. Alternatively, chop dates with a sharp knife into small chunks.
- Transfer dates to a large mixing bowl.
- Once tea is ready, place a sieve over the dates and pour in tea, catching the tea leaves/tea bags in the sieve.
- Mix dates and ensue they are all covered in the liquid. Set aside to soak for 30 minutes.
- Once soaked, add sugar and mix until well combined.
- Stir through whisked egg.
- Sift over flour, baking powder and all spice.
- Mix/fold until well combined into a smooth batter.
- Pour into lined baking pan and smooth out the top.
- Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the top has set and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes.
- Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Serve warm or cold with a spread of butter or keep it plain!
Store in an airtight container, in the pantry, for 4-5 days.
- Prep Time: 45min
- Cook Time: 50min
This is the only bread/ cake recipe for gluten free / dairy free / oil free that i like ! I add other ingredients too eg carrots ...nuts and raisins ...it's really good ! Thankyou !
Hi Alison! So happy you enjoy this recipe and I love that you include those extra delicious ingredients. Thanks for sharing 🙂 Sam x
No oil or butter?
Nope! This cake works wonderfully without those 🙂 Hope you give it a go!