Earl Grey Tea Bread

Earl Grey Tea Bread has a citrus flavored and tea infused batter littered with an abundance of currants, dates and walnuts.
Earl Grey Tea Bread

Earl Grey Tea Bread

By Sue Lau | Palatable  Pastime

Earl Grey Tea Bread is my recipe of the day with the blogging group Foodie Extravaganza. We post monthly on the first Wednesday on a food  holiday  of  that particular month.

Earl Grey Tea Bread

January is hot tea  month so Camilla has decided we should all post something tea related. I decided to share my recipe for Earl Grey tea bread with you to enjoy at teatime along with a hot cup of your favorite tea. Earl Grey or otherwise.

Earl  Grey tea  is a tea blend that has flavors of bergamot oranges. Those  are Mediterranean citrus oranges  that aren’t generally good for eating but used  instead as flavorings. The tea is  generally a Ceylon  tea, and when combined with bergamot  and milk or cream, makes a very tasty beverage.

Earl Grey Tea Bread

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Earl Grey tea is named after Charles Grey, the 2nd Earl of Grey, a British Prime Minister in the 1830s. It is a very British tea, being quite popular alongside types such as English breakfast tea. The tea does have a  distinct flavoring,  which is  most  commonly appreciated when drank with milk or cream.

For my baking today,  I chose a  common  item for eating while  drinking hot teas, the tea bread or quick loaf.

To make it distinctly  British, I have added lots of dried currants, dates and  walnuts along with orange flavorings to accentuate the flavors which are present  from  the tea infusion,  including orange zest. If you can find bergamot oranges,  use  the zest from those, or use whichever orange you have.

If you do live in the Cincinnati Ohio  area, I  occasionally find bergamot oranges at Pipkin’s farm market  in Blue Ash. Call ahead for  availability.  I did just use a navel orange for zest in the  test recipe.

I do the tea infusion in  milk to  help  condition  the batter for a more tender crumb. It also makes it more delicious.

Earl Grey Tea Bread

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Earl Grey Tea Bread


Earl Grey Tea Bread

Sue Lau
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Bread, Breakfast, Quick Bread
Cuisine American, British, English
Servings 10


  • Baker's release spray


  • 10 ounces steaming hot milk
  • 2 individual Earl Grey tea bags
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
  • zest of one orange
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dried currants
  • 3/4 cup chopped toasted walnuts
  • 1/2 cup dried chopped pitted dates


  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Place tea bags in steaming milk and allow to steep ten minutes.
  • Remove tea bags and mix tea with remaining ingredients to create a smooth batter.
  • Spray a 9x5x3-inch baking pan with Baker's Release spray.
  • Add batter to pan and bake in the preheated oven for 75-85 minutes or until a toothpick, when inserted and removed, does not have wet batter clinging to it.
  • Cool in the pan 15 minutes, then turn bread out and finish cooling on a wire rack.


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7 responses

  1. Sue, the bread looks delicious and addictive. The addition of currants, dates, and walnuts make it look extra special and just want a slice of it. Can’t wait to try it and I am sure I may become selfish and not share with my family….looks totally delicious!

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