Saturday, 2 July 2011

Belgian Loaf (Tea Bread) - Dedicated to My grandmother

It had been some years since I last ate Belgian Loaf and to be honest, I've been putting off making it..

Belgian Loaf was something my grandmother made and I have lots of memories of visiting her and having this still warm from the oven or cold and slathered with salted butter thick enough you could see teeth marks in it. It's really good toasted too.

I have my grandmother's recipe book, which was very tattered and well used. Part of me has wanted to make this for some years now, but the other part wanted to keep it just as a memory. At a guess, it's been around 10 years since I last had a slice of this...

However, I also felt it fitting that Belgian Loaf should somewhere make an entry on my blog, and I think Gran would be proud if she was still with us.....

Belgian Loaf is a kind of sweet tea bread - sort of like a fruited sweet bread cross cake.


1 cup of milk
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of raisins
4oz butter or margarine
2 cups of plain flour
1 beaten egg
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 180deg C fan

Pour milk, sugar, raisins and margarine / butter into a large pan and bring to the boil.

Leave to cool, then  add all sieved dry ingredients plus beaten egg and mix in well.

Cook in a greased and floured 2lb loaf tin or silicone loaf mould for about 50mins or until a skewer comes out clean

For once, it was a beautiful bright sunny day with beautiful blue skies. These old byplanes kept flying around from a nearby airfield.

Sarah-Jane Nash, July 2011 - - silicone bakeware specialist cook shop


  1. Mmm! this sounds yummy!
    I have been DYING to bake, but its been so hot here lately (and we have no ac in the farmhouse) that I have had to restrain myself to small quick items that I bake at night.(like cookies)
    But, this is certainly on my list of things to bake!
    Have a great day!

  2. I love it when food brings back memories... and grannies have such a special place in our hearts. Loaf looks scrumptious with the beautiful crust and delicious texture studded with raisins.

  3. That tea bread looks amazing, very similar to my aunts Rozina brood (raisin bread, old Estonian recipe) - good memories x

  4. I'm so happy you changed your mind and decided to share with us this delicious Belgian tea bread otherwise I would have probably never hear about it.
    Thanks Sarah.

  5. My first time here! This Belgian Loaf looks really good. Thanks for sharing this treasured recipe with us :)


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