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Irish Barm Brack

Irish Barm Brack


Cooking Time

Preparation Time : 20

Cook Time : 60

Total Time : 80


Serves 8

  • All purpose flour / Maida 225 gms

  • Mixed Dry Fruits 375 gms

  • Baking powder 2 tsp

  • Tea , decoction (cold tea) 250 ml

  • Whiskey, optional 50 ml

  • Brown Sugar (Demerara Sugar) 125 gms

  • Whole Egg 1 nos

  • Cinnamon powder 1/2 tsp

  • Ground Cloves 1/2 tsp

  • Nutmeg 1/2 tsp


  • 01

    To begin making the Irish Barm Brack recipe, place the fruit mix in a bowl and pour over the whiskey (if using) and cold tea. Allow to soak up the liquid overnight.

  • 02

    Preheat the oven to 170˚C/327°/Gas Mark 3 and grease and line a 900g loaf tin.

  • 03

    Combine the flour, baking powder, sugar and mixed spice in a mixing bowl. Make a well and break in the egg, using a wooden spoon, mix the egg with the dry ingredients.

  • 04

    Add a little bit of the tea liquid in the the fruit mix and mix it through. You may not need all the liquid, you are looking for a wet dough. Then stir through the fruit mix until everything is thoroughly combined.

  • 05

    Grease a loaf tin and set it aside. Spoon the wet dough into the lined loaf tin and place in the oven on the middle shelf and bake for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before removing from the loaf tin and placing on wire rack.

  • 06

    Cover in cling wrap and tin foil and allow to sit for 1-2 days before cutting into it. Serve in slices.

  • 07

    Serve Irish Barm Brack for a special occasion or serve it with Espresso Coffee.



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