Irish Barm Brack

    9 hours 40 minutes

    This is an easy dark fruit cake or tea brack, which involves soaking dried fruit in strong black tea overnight. There's no butter required for the recipe itself, but it's worth buttering every slice of this. Simple and delicious!

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    Serves: 16 

    • 275g raisins
    • 100g sultanas
    • 60g mixed peel
    • 300ml warm, black strong tea
    • 1 or 2 teaspoons treacle, optional
    • 200g dark brown demerara sugar, or brown sugar
    • 225g self raising flour
    • 1/4 teaspoon mixed spice
    • 1 egg

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:1hour30min  ›  Extra time:8hours soaking  ›  Ready in:9hours40min 

    1. Mix the dried fruit, mixed peel, warm tea and treacle in a bowl. Cover and set aside overnight.
    2. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease and line a 900g loaf tin or a 20cm round cake tin.
    3. Add the brown sugar, self raising flour, mixed spice and egg to the dried fruit/tea mixture then stir well until mixed.
    4. Pour into prepared tin and bake for 1 1/2 hours, or until it feels firm to touch. Transfer to a wire rack and cool.
    5. Be patient, if you can store in an airtight container for a day or two. It really does taste better this way.

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    Love the recipe!!! I think I may have left mine to soak in too much tea and not long enough in the oven. I know you may dis approve but it is great with some hot custard! Thanks for sharing!!  -  26 Aug 2013  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)


    I didn't have treacle so left it out and it still tasted great - just not as dark in colour. It really does taste even better each day I try it. Easy recipe, thanks!  -  14 Mar 2011  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)


    I prepare afternoon teas from British and Irish recipes and this is one of the very best!!! Thank you for being here!  -  22 Feb 2014  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)