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Tea cakes


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  • 225g strong white flour
  • 225g strong wholemeal flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 55g unsalted butter
  • cubed
  • 7g fast action dried yeast
  • 30g caster sugar
  • 85g sultanas
  • 85g currants
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 300ml warm milk
  • plus extra for brushing


servings 10
Level of difficulty Average
Preparation time 240mins
Cooking time 15mins
Cost Average budget


Step 1

Sift the flours and the salt into a large bowl, tipping in any bran left in the sieve. Rub in the butter, then stir in the yeast, sugar, sultanas, currants and cinnamon. Make a well in the centre and pour in the milk. Mix together, adding more milk as needed to make a soft dough.

Step 2

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place in a lightly greased bowl, cover with a tea towel and leave to rise in a warm place for 1-2 hours or until doubled in size.

Step 3

Turn the dough out onto the lightly floured surface and knock it back. Knead for 2-3 minutes, then divide it into 10 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a round teacake.

Step 4

Place the tea cakes on to two greased baking sheets and cover with a tea towel. Leave to rise in a warm place for 30-60 minutes or until puffy.

Step 5

Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 220c. Uncover the tea cakes and lightly brush the tops with milk. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until nicely browned, then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Serve warm, or split and toasted. These are best eaten on the day they are made, but can be kept for 1-2 days.

Instead of making individual tea cakes, shape the dough into a large round and place on a greased baking sheet. Leave to rise again for 30-60 minutes, then bake for about 25 minutes.

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