Homemade Malt Loaf

  • Total Time

    1h 5m
    • Prep Time

    • Bake Time

  • Serves


This homemade malt loaf is gorgeous and absolutely perfect for a tea time treat.


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C, 350°F, gas mark 4). Grease and flour a 450g/1lb loaf tin.

  2. Put the sultanas, raisins, butter and water into a pan. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool a little.

  3. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a mixing bowl. Stir in the sugar.

  4. Pour in the warm fruit mixture and add the beaten egg and malt extract. Mix well until blended.

  5. Pour into the prepared tin and bake for for 35 - 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Leave in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool.

  6. Serve sliced and spread with butter.

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  1. 5 star rating

    Simple and delicious. However, more malt extract is needed. I used 2 heaped tablespoons and the consistency was perfect. I got Potters malt extract from Tesco.,

  2. 5 star rating

    Was good but not quite as I remember it. Questionen my use of Malt, I used as did my grandmother, a liquid dark malt extract used in home brew IPA beer..
    My loaves did not have that pungent "malty" taste.. It. was gooy, sweet... So put 4 tablespoons next one , and got closer though had to add another heaped tablespoon flour to stiffen it up

  3. 5 star rating

    I followed the recipe but the method was a bit out. Because the sugar is so lumpy I mixed it with my fingers in the flour as if making dough. At it took 1 hour 5 minutes to cook. My cooker is quite new.
    But it was worth it . It's delicious

  4. 5 star rating

    A very easy and delicious malt loaf recipe, a big hit in my family. It’s nice eating with or without butter.
    You do have to buy the malt extract from health food shop, not many chemists sell it any more.

  5. 5 star rating

    Used a mix of raisins and chopped prunes....made for a delicious gooey cake

  6. 5 star rating

    Excellent malt loaf. Everyone who'd tried it loves it, out of the 3 different loaves I've made this is their favourite. I use dark brown sugar and 220gr of Sunbeam gourmet selection mixed fruit to replace sultanas and raisins. Yes, not fully traditional but very delicious (especially with butter).

  7. 5 star rating

    I have made this recipe quite a few times now , really enjoyed it very crumbly just like a fruit loaf, easy to make.

  8. 4 star rating

    Mmmm it was very tasty however I could not taste the malt,instead it was a fruity loaf cake. But still nice!
    Next time I will triple the malt extract!

  9. 5 star rating

    Absolutely perfect. I made one this morning and it was so successful that I’m now making another for my sister. In answer to the question above, I used 110gms of chopped dates as I hadn’t got raisins and I used molasses unrefined cane sugar as I hadn’t got dark muscavado sugar. The resulting malt loaf is gorgeous, I will be making this again.

  10. 5 star rating

    Love this malt bread easy to make. Done this more than once

  11. 4 star rating

    Love this malt bread easy to make. Done this more than once

  12. 5 star rating

    Very good recipe. Not too sweet and very tasty. Was a bit concerned about baking it in the tin without greaseproof paper, but it turned out perfectly

  13. 5 star rating

    Scrumptious Malt Loaf, my Pyrex "magic loaf tin" 26cm was the perfect size. 40 minutes in my Smeg oven. Highly recommend this recipe, thank you!

  14. 5 star rating

    Just made this and it is so tasty.
    My Mum used to make malt loaf and seeing I didn’t get her recipe book I wasn’t sure.on quantities.
    This seems to be the closest I could find.
    Very good and easy to make

  15. 3 star rating

    Could this be made without the raisins?

  16. 5 star rating

    Absolutely delicious. I have long wanted to try baking a malt loaf and as this recipe looked straight forward, thought I'd give it a try. I bought a jar of Rayners malt extract online. Very quick to make, It took 45 minutes in the oven and was perfect!

  17. 5 star rating

    I've been trying out a few different Malt Loaf recipes and this is, by far, the most delicious!

  18. 5 star rating

    this is a lovely Malt loaf and quick and easy to make, i got my Malt Extract from Holland and Barretts, make this recipe alot for myself and friends and family what love it too

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