Irish Tea Brack
A Traditional Irish Tea Brack
Prep Time 1 day
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 day 1 hour
Servings 1 loaf
- 350 ml cold strong Fairtrade tea
- 200 g sultanas
- 150 g mixed fruit
- 230 g plain flour
- 1 heaped tsp mixed spice
- 2 level tsp baking powder
- 2 level tbs dark brown , soft, Fairtrade sugar
- 1 large egg
- Butter for greasing the tin
Soak the fruit in the tea overnight or at least for a couple of hours.
Pre heat the oven to 160 degrees C, I use a fan assisted electric oven, please adjust according to your own oven.
Grease a 1 lb loaf tin liberally with butter.
Add the flour, baking powder, spice and sugar to a large mixing bowl and stir together, make a well in the centre then break the egg into the well.
Add the fruit, keeping the tea, and mix well using a wooden spoon. You should have a wet sticky dough, if it's too dry add some of the reserved tea.
Spoon the dough into the prepared loaf tin and bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 50 - 60 minutes. The brack is done when it is a rich golden colour, you can test it by piercing it with a metal skewer, it should come out dry.
Leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Wrap in tin foil and keep for 3 - 4 days.