Irish Barm Brack

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Irish Barm Brack


Cooking Time

Preparation Time :20 Min

Cook Time : 1 Hr 0 Min

Total Time : 1 Hr 20 Min


Serves : 8
  • 225 gms all purpose flour / maida

  • 375 gms mixed dry fruits

  • 2 tsp baking powder

  • 250 ml tea , decoction (cold tea)

  • 50 ml whiskey, optional

  • 125 gms brown sugar (demerara sugar)

  • 1 nos whole egg

  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder

  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves

  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg


  • 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.
  • Preheat the oven to 170˚C/327°/Gas Mark 3 and grease and line a 900g loaf tin.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cover in cling wrap and tin foil and allow to sit for 1-2 days before cutting into it. Serve in slices.
  • Serve Irish Barm Brack for a special occasion or serve it with Espresso Coffee.