Let’s premise this by saying that once you’ve baked this once, you’ll need to bake it again, and again. It’s a problem. The light flavours of earl grey with its lemon and bergamot act as a background of delicate flavours that are accented by a sweet, sharp lemon drizzle icing. Even non-tea lovers (yes those do exist…) will be brought around to this.

Perfect for a rainy day, it should be illegal how simple this is to make with plenty of time to inhale several mugs of tea while simultaneously creaming and mixing the loaf to perfection. So go on, indulge your caffeine and sugar cravings.

(R)earl(y) Grey(t) Loaf with Lemon Icing

  • Prep Time:20 minutes
  • Cook Time:1 hour
  • Total Time:1 hour 20 minutes
  • Servings:8-10
  • Medium

    Ingredients

  • 3 earl grey tea bags
  • 3 tablespoon boiling water
  • 190g unsalted butter
  • 190g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 190g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 lemon
  • 100g icing sugar
Photo by Imogen marshall
Photo by Imogen marshall
  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 170C and gather the ingredients.

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    Photo by Imogen marshall
  • Step 2

    Pour the boiling water over the tea bags and leave to brew whilst you deal with the rest of the recipe.

    Photo by Imogen marshall
    Photo by Imogen marshall
  • Step 3

    Cream together the butter and sugar till creamy.

    Photo by Imogen marshall
    Photo by Imogen marshall
  • Step 4

    Add the eggs one by one, mixing between each addition.

    Photo by Imogen marshall
    Photo by Imogen marshall
  • Step 5

    Sift in the flour, baking powder and salt.

    Photo by Imogen marshall
    Photo by Imogen marshall
  • Step 6

    Add the cooled and brewed tea and combine.

    Photo by Imogen marshall
    Photo by Imogen marshall
  • Step 7

    Pour the mixture into the prepared, lined tin and bake for an hour.

    Photo by Imogen marshall
    Photo by Imogen marshall
  • Step 8

    Zest and juice the lemon.

    Photo by Imogen marshall
    Photo by Imogen marshall
  • Step 9

    Add the icing sugar spoon by spoon until a smooth, droppable consistency is reached.

    Photo by Imogen marshall
    Photo by Imogen marshall
  • Step 10

    Spoon over the cooled loaf and serve.

    Photo by Imogen Marshall
    Photo by Imogen Marshall