Irish Tea Brack -

Irish Tea Brack

A Traditional Irish Tea Brack
Course Dessert
Cuisine Irish
Prep Time 1 day
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 day 1 hour
Servings 1 loaf
Author Michelle Alston


  • 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.