Irish Fruit Bread

    1 hour 15 minutes

    A traditional Irish fruit cake with a bready texture. In Ireland it is called barmbrack and eaten on the holidays or for afternoon tea.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 2 1/2 cups chopped dried mixed fruit
    • 1 1/2 cups (375ml) hot brewed tea
    • 2 1/2 cups (300g) flour
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/2 teaspoon bicarb soda
    • 1 egg
    • 1 1/2 cups (330g) sugar
    • 1/4 cup lemon marmalade
    • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:1hour  ›  Ready in:1hour15min 

    1. Soak the dried fruit in the hot tea for 2 hours then drain and gently squeeze out excess tea.
    2. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease a 23cm ring tin. Stir together the flour cinnamon, nutmeg and bicarb soda; set aside.
    3. Beat the egg, sugar, marmalade, orange zest and tea-soaked fruit until well combined. Gently fold in the flour until just combined then pour into the ring tin.
    4. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour or until the top of the cake springs back when lightly pressed. Allow to cool in the pan for 2 hours before removing. Continue to cool to room temperature on a wire rack.

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    This was very good and easy to make. I used a mix of dried fruits that were diced (apples, apricots, raisins, peaches, and pears). I was a little concerned with how thick my batter was when I was making it; I had to scoop out spoonfuls and spread them around my pan. It came out great though and was really good sliced and buttered then broiled for a couple minutes. I will make this again for sure.  -  24 Mar 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I love this recipe. I used a mixture of sultana raisins, dried cranberries and apricots. Great texture and flavour. I also dusted it with icing sugar to finish it off. Pretty and delicious. Thanks Brooke!  -  15 Mar 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I made this tonight for a St. Patrick's Day Party. I followed the recipe exactly. I think that the bake time is much too long though. The bread was very hard after baking for this long. I should have checked it earlier, but my oven is pretty true to temperatures and recipes. Next time I will check the bread sooner. The taste was nice though, a mix between a fruit cake and a spice bread.  -  16 Mar 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)