Spiced Cantaloupe Tea Loaf


Melons aren't the greatest keepers so this spiced cantaloupe tea loaf is the perfect destination for any melon abundance you may have!

Prep: 15 mins

Cook: 1 hr

Total: 1 hr 15 mins

Serves: 20

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 tsp cinnamon ground
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ginger ground
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 cups sugar granulated
3 large eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups ripe cantaloupe grated


Heat the oven to 350 F degrees.

Grease and flour two 5x8 inch loaf pans. Put the flour, cinnamon, salt, ginger, baking soda, and baking powder in a medium bowl and whisk to blend.

With an electric mixer or a wooden spoon, beat the sugar, eggs, oil, and vanilla in a bowl until well blended and slightly frothy. Fold in the grated cantaloup. Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and fold until just blended; don't overmix or your tea cakes will be tough.

Divide the batter between the loaf pans and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out dry, about 1 hour. Let cool on a rack, then invert. Serve just slightly warm or at room temperature.

Recipe Notes - You can substitute Applesauce for oil, add grated apple in place of some of the sugar, add orange zest, extra ginger, etc. Make it your own.