Freshly baked Proper Malt Loaf with a butter knife

Meridian Proper Malt Loaf

October 11, 2023

Home-made version of a shop bought sticky malt loaf made with malt extract, dried fruit, date syrup and black tea.

The longer you store this loaf, the more deliciously sticky it becomes!

Makes: 2 small loaves

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 45 minutes

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  • 160g Meridian barley malt extract
  • 2 tbsp Meridian date syrup
  • 140ml hot black tea
  • 90g unrefined dark muscovado sugar
  • 200g raisins
  • 250g self raising flour
  • 6 tbsp aquafaba, beaten
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder



In a bowl combine the hot tea, barley malt extract and sugar, then stir in the raisins and the beaten aquafaba. Leave to soak while you preheat the oven to 150C/130C fan and line two 1lb loaf tins.


Combine the flour, salt and baking powder, and then stir in the tea mixture.


Spoon into the loaf tin and bake for 40 to 45 minutes until well risen.


Remove from the oven and brush the top with date syrup while still warm then leave to cool in the tin.


Once cooled, wrap in foil and store in an airtight tin for two days while it develops its characteristic stickiness, or simply tuck in if you can’t wait.


Top tip: Delicious when spread with Meridian Almond Butter!