Irish Fruit Cake (Barm Brack)

    1 hour 55 minutes

    Barm Brack is bread from Ireland where it is traditionally associated with their celebration of Halloween. I just like it for afternoon tea with lots of butter.

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    Serves: 10 

    • 1 3/4 cups (430ml) brewed black tea, cold
    • 1 1/2 cups (220g) light brown soft sugar
    • 1 cup (180g) sultanas
    • 1/4 cup (60g) chopped candied peel
    • 1 1/4 cups (155g) self raising flour
    • 1 egg, whisked

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:1hour45min  ›  Ready in:1hour55min 

    1. Put the tea, sugar, sultanas and peel into a bowl. Cover and leave to soak overnight.
    2. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease and flour a 20cm round cake tin.
    3. Sift the flour into the fruit mixture. Add the egg and beat well. Pour into the cake pan.
    4. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour and 45 minutes or until skewer inserted into centre of cake comes out clean. Leave in the tin for 5 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack to cool.

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    Used different ingredients. I added orange peel & dried fruit in place of the citron.  -  18 Jul 2008


    Not very successful. Amount of flour used wasn't enough as the cake was raw after 2 hours of cooking time - too much liquid, not enough flour.  -  06 Mar 2012


    Yum yum yum yum yum yum! Made me feel really homesick, and went straight online and bought a couple of plane tickets to Ireland. That's the effect it had on me, so you can guess I liked it.  -  18 Jul 2008