Moist Tea Brack

18 Aug

This is a traditional Irish tea brack that is perfect with a of cup of tea, utter bliss. It is extremely moist and full of flavor. It actually gets better after a few days as the flavors mingle and develop. A straight forward recipe that always delivers  It is easy to transport and is a perfect tea time treat.

200ml strong hot tea

150g soft dark brown sugar

50ml whiskey

300g dried mixed fruit e.g. raisins, currants, sultanas

small pot of glace cherries, halved

50g blanched almonds, roughly chopped

1 egg, beaten

150g plain flour

1tsp baking powder

2tsp mixed spice, or to taste

1tbsp honey to glaze, optional

  • Mix the sugar, whiskey, dried fruit, glace cherries and blanched almonds into the hot tea and leave to sit overnight( you could even leave it for 2 nights for an even moister brack).
  • The next day,preheat the oven to 170ºc/325ºf and grease and line a 2lb/9x5inch tin.
  • Beat the egg into the soaked fruit mix then sieve in the flour, baking powder and mixed spice and fold in until incorporated.
  • Pour the mix into the prepared tin and bake in the oven for 55-65mins or until a skewer comes out clean.
  • While the brack is still hot you can brush it with the honey if you wish. Allow to cool in the tin then slice and serve slathered with butter or on its own.
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