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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 Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Bread, Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cantaloupe recipes, cantaloupe tea loaf
Servings: 20
Calories: 257kcal


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon ground
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ginger ground
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups sugar granulated
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups cantaloupe ripe, grated (only the flesh)


  • Heat the oven to 350 F degrees. Grease and flour two 5x8 inch loaf pans. Combine the flour, cinnamon, salt, ginger, baking soda, and baking powder in a medium bowl.
  • With an electric mixer or a whisk, beat the sugar, eggs, oil, and vanilla in a bowl until well blended and slightly frothy. Fold in the grated cantaloupe. 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.


  1. Recipe yields 2 loaves.
  2. Nutritional information is per slice and assumes 10 slices per loaf.
  3. Store your loaf in a large airtight container, freezer bag, or on a cake plate covered with a dome. It'll last 2-3 days at room temperature or 1 week in the fridge. You can microwave your slices for 5-15 seconds to warm them up just a little bit before digging in.
  4. Make sure your loaves have cooled down fully before storing them to avoid condensation in the container. I find storing them un-sliced is best for maximizing freshness.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 257kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 251mg | Potassium: 93mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 514IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg