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Irish Tea Brack

Irish Tea Brack

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  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour +
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Irish


Is it a cake? Or is it a bread. Any way you eat it, it’s delish! Enjoy this delectable treat with your afternoon tea or coffee.


Units Scale

Wet (Fruit) Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup raisins (or dried cranberries)
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup currants
  • 1/4 cup pitted dry dates (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup dried apricots (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup crystallized ginger (chopped and optional)
  • 11/2 cups hot black tea (use two bags) (try Barry’s, or any black tea)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup honey (use local honey if you can)
  • 1 egg
  • Butter (or baking spray) for pans

Dry Ingredients


  1. In a heat-proof bowl or glass measuring cup, steep the dried fruit* in the hot tea at least 1-hour or overnight (really, it’ll be okay). After soaking, add vanilla and egg.
  2. Preheat oven to 325°.
  3. Generously butter either two 6-inch cake tins, one 8-inch cake tin or 2 loaf tins.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients, then combine with fruit mixture. Mix till thoroughly combined (don’t over mix). Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl. Pour the batter evenly into the tins.
  5. Place tins in the oven for 55-60 minutes (maybe 45 for cake tins), depending on which pans you use. You’ll know it’s done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out moist, but without clinging wet batter.
  6. Can it get any easier?


*any dried fruit (you prefer) will work with this recipe, just be sure all the pieces are about the same size.

Irish Tea Brack

Drizzle with some caramel sauce, for a perfect dessert.