Cycling snacks: fat-free tea bread recipe

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Tea Bread
Tea Bread

Cycling snacks: fat-free tea bread recipe

A delicious fat-free recipe for cyclists from award-winning Irish cafe Bow Bells.

Bow Bells in Northern Ireland is one of Cycling UK’s Cyclist Café of the Year award winners for 2018 and they’ve shared a special recipe with us. It’s one of their most popular treats on the menu, so why not attempt it at home. 

It’s a fat-free carb loading recipe and the cyclists who visit the café consume it very quickly, which means it’s being baked a lot. The dried fruit is plumped by being marinated overnight and promises to be really delicious. Once the marinating has finished, it’s a really quick one to do and a great one to eat during or after a ride.  


 500ml of brewed tea

I lb (454g) brown sugar 

2 eggs

1.5 lb (680g) sultanas

1.25 lb (567g) self raising flour

1 tsp baking powder 

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda 

1 tsp mixed spice (optional)


  1. Steep the fruit, sugar and tea overnight in a bowl 
  2. Heat oven to 160 °C or 320°F or Gas Mark 3
  3. Mix all ingredients together adding a little mixed spice if you'd like 
  4. Divide mixture into 2 2lb loaf tins lined and greased and bake for approximately 1 hour 
  5. Check with a skewer, then prick with a fork and add a little more cold tea over the loaf when removed from the oven

Slice when cool and enjoy with a piping hot cup of tea after a decent ride!

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