Traditional English Fruit Teacakes
Traditional English Fruit Teacakes are slightly sweet buns with dried currants that are similar to hot cross buns, but without the cross. Serving suggestion? Toasted and warm with butter and a cup of tea, of course! Sort of like cinnamon toast but in bun form.
If you’re looking for the tea cakes from the American south, this is not them. These teacakes (all 1 word) are a British treat usually served for breakfast or a mid-morning treat.
A baked sweet bun that is made with warm spices and dried currants. Very much like a hot cross bun that is best served with lashings of creamy butter.
You will find these teacakes served all around England and in parts of Yorkshire, they use them for sandwiches and sometimes without dried fruit.
Just like the hot cross bun, these English teacakes are best served warm with as much butter as you can stand (I know you’ve already read this but it’s all about melted butter here!). They are made with a delicious combination of warming spices like cinnamon, allspice and ginger with chewy currants.
Now, not to confuse things, there are also ‘cookies (biscuits) called teacakes from Scotland with the brand name Tunnock’s that have a cookie base, marshmallow topping covered in chocolate. Very different.
When it comes to the dried fruit, currants are traditional. Dried cranberries, sultanas or pretty much any dried fruit you like would also be delicious.
In-keeping with the fruity theme, I have a Fruity Tea Cake (below) that is a cake-style loaf with mixed dried fruit that is also served with afternoon tea.