Blueberry semolina tea loaf

This is possibly one of the best baking recipes I’ve made since starting my food blog. It’s hugely popular and so simple to make. If a buttery blueberry semolina tea loaf drenched in lemony crème fraîche drizzle sounds like your kind of delicious, this recipe is for you. While loaf cakes sound all casual and homey, they’re also the easiest tea time treat. My semolina tea loaf will not disappoint. When developing recipes from scratch, it’s rare that the first trial bake works perfectly. This one did.

Blueberry semolina tea loaf

For this tea loaf I used a combination of cake flour and semolina. The semolina adds a toothsomeness characteristic of many Middle Eastern bakes. So while it’s not strictly a Middle Eastern recipe, the semolina will transform it into something quite special. Seldom do I use all butter when baking. I prefer to divide the fats between butter and oil. This cake however, is all about the rich buttery-yellow crumb, so it’s an all-butter bake. I’ve added blueberries to the batter and then on top, as well. Every baker needs a good loaf and this is a very good loaf. It’s fuss-free, un-flopable. I’d make it this weekend and serve it for Sunday tea.

Blueberry semolina tea loaf with lemony drizzle

Blueberry semolina tea loaf with lemony drizzle

Makes 1

Blueberry cake

200g butter, at room temperature
180g castor sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
zest and juice of 1 lemon (40ml juice)
200g all-purpose cake flour
80g white semolina
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
150g blueberries


30ml lemon juice
100g confectioner’s sugar, sifted
2 tablespoons crème fraîche
125g blueberries
lemon zest
mint sprigs

Preheat the oven to 180º C. Grease and line a 22cm loaf tin with parchment paper, extending the paper over the sides to create a ‘handle’. This will help to lift the cake out when baked. Beat the butter and castor sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in the vanilla extract, lemon zest and juice. At this point the mixture will appear to curdle, but will correct after the addition of flour.

Sift together the flour, semolina, salt and baking powder. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, beating on a low speed just until the flour is incorporated. Fold the blueberries in and spoon the batter into the baking tin. Smooth over with the back of a spoon and tap firmly to settle the batter. Bake for 50-55 minutes. Before removing the loaf from the oven, test with a skewer to ensure it is baked through.

Rest in the tin for at least 20 minutes before turning out and allowing to cool completely. To make the drizzle, whisk together the lemon juice, confectioner’s sugar and crème fraîche. Drizzle over the cooled cake and pile on the  remaining blueberries. Finish with lemon zest and mint sprigs.


There’s nothing better than incorporating seasonal fruit into cake and muffins. Here are several blueberry recipes that you might love:

Blueberry chocolate cobbler pudding

Nectarine galette with blueberries and wholemeal pastry

Blueberry coconut crumble muffins


14 Comments. Leave new

  • If this loaf were a person. . .if definitely would be a runway model. I love how you dressed it to the nines with a pile of blue jewels and the silky creme fraiche billowing along it’s sides. . . truly scrumptious.

  • Although quite simple, it really has incredible flavour. Thank you Lyn, love your description of this loaf. Have a fabulous weekend.

  • Seriously gorgeous photos/styling! And this loaf sounds absolutely amazing. Going to have to give it a try, maybe tomorrow!

  • Thank you, it’s one of my favourites. Not fussy just fabulous. Happy baking.

  • I found this blog when I was looking for some inspiration. This cake looks phenomenal. I love the fact that you used a combination of semolina and cake flour. Well done. I pinning it to try next weekend.

  • diannebibby
    23 March 2015 1:59 pm

    Thank you. I’m glad you popped by. The texture of the cake is really fabulous, not too heavy and quite delicious with a lemony zing. Hope you love it.

  • loved photos and recipe ,too.

  • Thank you Pooja. It’s one of my favourite summertime bakes.

  • Hi–I want to make this but cannot find white semolina. Is it semolina flour?

  • Dianne Bibby
    4 March 2016 7:41 am

    Hello Marale. You can use semolina flour, which is much the same but more finely ground. The white ground semolina will give a slightly courser texture than the flour. You could also use polenta (ground cornmeal), as an alternative. Good luck!

  • I have just discovered your blog Dianne and this gorgeous cake! I read your bio with interest as I changed career in my late thirties. As an ex fashion accessories designer turned food writer, stylist and photographer I couldn’t be happier! I love working with (and eating) good food and being part of such a great community!

  • Dianne Bibby
    6 March 2016 12:37 pm

    Hello Louise. I’m so glad you landed on my page as it has led me to your creative space. Such beautiful work and thoughtful words! I think the move from one artistic form to another is simplified when the desire to create is at the route of it. So looking forward to reading more of your stories and sharing all that delicious food.

  • Marie A Duarte
    11 July 2020 3:21 pm

    Love this recipe so much! Thank you. however, my icing was not as white as yours – more yellowy. Would be able to help me make it as white as yours please Di?

  • Dianne Bibby
    22 July 2020 11:41 am

    It might have to do with the colour and richness of the creme fraiche. If it is buttery in colour, the drizzle may look more yellow.
    Perhaps whisking it with a beater will help too.

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