BM# 75: A-Z Bake Around the World: Day 20
Bake of the Day: T for Tea Brack
Country: Ireland

We are starting the last week of our month long mega marathon and today we are baking a dish with the letter T. I have a delicious fruit cake called Tea Brack from Ireland. Mir recently posted the recipe for Irish Barmbrack, which looked amazing and here’s another version of the same bread. Irish BrambrackBarmbrack is a traditional Irish sweetened bread that is very similar to Welsh bara brith. It is also known as Irish Speckled loaf because the bread is dotted with raisins and other dried fruit. The dry fruit are soaked in tea and then used in the bread which gives the bread a nice tea flavor in the background.Irish BrambrackTraditionally when this barmbrack was baked for Halloween, they would a pea, a stick, a piece of cloth, a coin and a ring to the bread. Each item had a special significance to the person who discovered it in their slice of bread. The person who gets the pea wouldn’t marry that year; the stick meant an unhappy marriage; the cloth indicated poverty and the coin riches; while the person who found the ring would wed within the year.Irish BrambrackI used the recipe from King Arthur flour. This recipe only required the fruit to be soaked in hot tea for 1 hour. I used Earl grey tea, but Irish breakfasttea is a good choice. 2 tablespoons of Irish whiskey can be substituted for an equal amount of tea in the recipe.Irish BrambrackThis fruit bread is dense, packed with fruit but still moist and delicious. It is entirely made with whole wheat flour, which I love. There is no added fat in the recipe. It is great to eat with some soft butter. Bread keeps well at room temperature for up to 10 days.Irish Brambrack

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Tea Brack Yum
Tea Brack is a delicious Irish fruit bread that is packed with dry fruit soaked in tea. It is great to eat with some soft butter for breakfast. Bread keeps well at room temperature for up to 10 days.
Tea Brack
Course bread, breads, dessert
Cuisine european, irish
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hour
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
Cake
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Hot Brewed Tea
  • 1 cup Raisins
  • ½ cup Currants
  • 1 cup Prunes, pitted and chopped into small pieces
  • 1 cup Dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 cups Wholewheat flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp Egg replacer whisked in 3tbsp water (or 1 large egg)
  • tbsp Coarse Sparking White Sugar
Course bread, breads, dessert
Cuisine european, irish
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hour
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
Cake
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Hot Brewed Tea
  • 1 cup Raisins
  • ½ cup Currants
  • 1 cup Prunes, pitted and chopped into small pieces
  • 1 cup Dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 cups Wholewheat flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp Egg replacer whisked in 3tbsp water (or 1 large egg)
  • tbsp Coarse Sparking White Sugar
Tea Brack
Instructions
  1. Combine all the dry fruit in a bowl. Pour the hot tea over the fruit and set aside to cool to lukewarm for about 1 hour.
  2. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Lightly grease a 8" round cake pan.
  3. In a mixing bow, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder and salt.
  4. Add the dried fruit and any remaining liquid. Stir everything thoroughly until combined. This is a thick and stiff batter.
  5. Add the egg replacer mixture and mix everything thoroughly.
  6. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and sprinkle the top evenly with the coarse sparkling sugar.
  7. Bake the bread for 60~70 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
  8. Remove from the oven and turn it out onto a wire rack to cool.
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10 thoughts on “Tea Brack Recipe”

  1. wow..I am loving this version with the sparkling sugar..the sugar looks beautiful and the cake..well it is a version of bara birth and since I have tasted it I can vouch for the flavor.extra ordinary.

  2. What an amazing texture your cake’s got Pavani, will surely bookmark this..so wonderful to know this is completely whole wheat..makes it so healthy as well..

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