Dried-fruits Tea Bread

This wholesome bread is made with whole-wheat flour and flavoured with tea and spices. It is lovely when eaten by itself, but tastes best when served with a little butter.


Makes 1 loaf


Butter to grease the loaf pan, plus extra to serve

1 teaspoon black tea leaves

1 cup mixed dried-fruits (like raisins, dried cranberries)

1½ cups/220g chapathi flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

½ teaspoon garam masala

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 medium egg, whisked until smooth

2 tablespoons honey


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) and place a rack in the centre of the oven. Grease a 9 x 5 x 3 inch (23 x 13 x 8 cm) loaf pan with the butter.
  2. Bring 1 cup/250ml water to a boil. Add the tea leaves. Simmer for 3 minutes. Turn off the heat and strain.
  3. Add the dried-fruits and let soak for 20 minutes.
  4. Sieve the chapathi flour, baking powder and garam masala in a medium bowl.
  5. Mix the vegetable oil, egg and honey in another bowl. Add to the chapathi flour mixture.
  6. Add the soaked dried fruits, along with the soaking liquid.
  7. Mix and transfer the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the centre of the bread comes out clean.
  8. Remove the pan from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. Remove the bread from the pan.
  9. Serve warm or at room temperature with butter.

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