Yorkshire Tea Cakes

Yorkshire teacakesLike the Apricot Coffee Bread that I posted about early this month that had everyone thinking it was a coffee-flavoured bread (it was actually a bread to have with coffee J ), Yorkshire Tea Cake is also a misnomer. I too was expecting a tea ‘cake’, a light cake or even loaf akin to the Apricot Coffee Bread, but these turned out to be yeasted dry fruit buns! Read the Wiki entry on teacake, it sums it up beautifully.

So, these Yorkshire teacakes are flattish buns, about an inch high. These are said to be split into halves, toasted and buttered and served with tea – all info courtesy Google searches. But yes, these do make wonderful teatime accompaniments. They’re good for breakfast too. These are just about sweet, and the dried fruit makes good the lack of sweetness in this bun.

I found the amount of milk listed in the ingredients insufficient to make a soft dough, so I added ½ cup more milk. The original recipe makes 6 pieces of 6-inch teacakes. I halved the recipe and made 4 pieces of 4-5 inch teacakes. These were at their best when fresh and out of the oven. I’d baked them on a rainy evening and it felt very good to eat these fresh, warm buns with hot chocolate. And as I was sipping on the hot chocolate and dipped these buns into it, I suddenly thought about The Solitary Reaper, even though she was Scottish, not from Yorkshire! I wondered if she gets back to her cottage after all the hard work in the fields to a cup of warm broth boiling away in the kitchen, and if she had some bread and butter to eat with it!

Anyway, all that was more than a month ago. The recipe itself is really close to a standard white bread recipe that I also use to make dinner rolls or pav buns.

Yorkshire teacakes

Yorkshire Tea Cakes

Source:  Cakes and Cake Decorating by Zoe Leigh


Sugar – ½ tsp

Active Dry yeast – 1 tsp

Warm milk – ½ cup plus 1/8 cup (I used ¾ cup)

Maida/Plain flour – 2 cups

Salt – ½ tsp

Butter – 1 tbsp (Recipe calls for 1 tbsp of shortening/white cooking fat)

Castor (granulated) sugar – 2 tbsp

Currants – 2 tbsp (I used a mix of raisins and cranberries)


Add yeast and sugar to warm milk to warm milk. Stir, cover and set aside for 10 minutes

Sift the flour with salt. Rub in the butter. Add currants and sugar

Meanwhile, the yeast must have turned frothy. Make a well in the centre of the dry mix and add the yeast and mix to soft dough. Add additional water/milk if required

Oil a bowl and keep the ball of dough in it. Cover with a kitchen towel and set aside until double in size (45 minutes to 2 hours depending on the weather)

Punch down the dough and knead on a floured surface for a couple of minutes

Divide in 4 equal parts. Roll out each part into a 4 inch circle (traditional teacakes are 6 inches across. I kept them smaller for easier handling). Cover with kitchen towels and set aside till light and puffy (30-40 minutes)

Bake in a preheated 200 deg C oven for 20 minutes

Serve warm or cool on a wire rack and store in an airtight container. Lasts for 2-3 days


This post is for the A-Z series Blogging Marathon for the month of Sept. Alphabet – Y, Theme – Baking. Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 32


Logo courtesy : Preeti

10 thoughts on “Yorkshire Tea Cakes

  1. The other recipes I got for this recipe had eggs in this eggless one is quite good for me…even I was thinking it might end up as a cake, infact my own dish was supposed to be different I ended up making it different..anyway the pic looks good enough to tempt!

  2. I would never have imagined them to be dry fruit buns..These look more like cookies! These look cool though.. wish I had a toasted slice to dunk and have with tea now!

  3. Look yum. What a coincidence today I picked up from the library All things bright and beautiful by James Herriot its set in Yorkshire. I do not know how many times I have said will make these but these but these ar eto be made.

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