Jocks Loaf is one of those items that seems to have fallen out of favour with bakeries. I suppose that’s what happens when bakeries are national companies and don’t sell local delicacies. Fern cakes, Eiffel cakes and even Halloween cakes. With the demise of places such as City Bakeries, these old faithfuls are dying out. Thankfully my local bakery, Newlands Bakery, still sell both Halloween cakes and Jocks loaf.
This tea loaf is perfect alongside a nice cup of tea or as your own Scottish afternoon tea (try this fruit slice recipe to go alongside this)
This got me wanting to try and make one. There doesn’t seem to be much information online, so a bit of an experiment.
What is a Jocks Loaf?
I’m unsure of the origin, however, I think it is a Glasgow delicacy. It is a budget Scottish tea bread. Not as much fruit and a bit like the child of a scone/tea bread and soda bread mixed together.
Use any kind of dried fruit or golden raisins for a change in taste.
Soak the fruit in hot tea and use the fruit the next day in this recipe.
large mixing bowl
bicarbonate of soda.
Jocks Loaf Recipe
125g Butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
2 eggs, beaten
Preheat your oven to 220c/425F/gas 7
In a large mixing bowl, rub the butter into the flour until it is flaky.
Add the sugar and sultanas.
Dissolve the bicarbonate of soda into the beaten eggs.
Add this to the flour/fruit mixture.
Place the mixture into a 900g loaf tin.
Place into the oven.
Cook for 10 minutes, then lower the heat to 190c/375f/gas 5 and cook until the inside is cooked.
This could take up to an hour, depending on your oven.
Turn out onto a wire rack and cool.
Delicious served with butter.
Jocks Loaf Recipe - Scottish Tea Bread
- 125 g Butter
- 350 g flour
- 225 g sugar
- 225 g sultanas
- 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 2 eggs beaten
- Preheat your oven to 220c/425F/gas 7
- In a bowl, rub the butter into the flour until it is flaky.
- Add the sugar and sultanas.
- Mix well.
- Dissolve the bicarbonate of soda into the beaten eggs.
- Add this to the flour/fruit mixture.
- Mix well.
- Place the mixture into a 900g loaf tin.
- Place into the oven.
- Cook for 10 minutes, then lower the heat to 190c/375f/gas 5 and cook until the inside is cooked.
- This could take up to an hour, depending on your oven.
- Turn out onto a wire tray and cool.
- Delicious served with butter.
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