This is an easy dark fruit cake or tea brack, which involves soaking dried fruit in strong black tea overnight. Barmbrack was traditionally served at Halloween in Ireland. Items, such as a ring to signify a wedding in the near future, would be wrapped up in paper and baked in the cake for one lucky person to find in their slice! There's no butter required for the recipe itself, but it's worth buttering every slice of this. Stored in an airtight tin, this cake will keep for 10 days.
Love the recipe!!! I think I may have left mine to soak in too much tea and not long enough in the oven. I know you may dis approve but it is great with some hot custard! Thanks for sharing!! - 26 Aug 2013
I didn't have treacle so left it out and it still tasted great - just not as dark in colour. It really does taste even better each day I try it. Easy recipe, thanks! - 14 Mar 2011
I prepare afternoon teas from British and Irish recipes and this is one of the very best!!! Thank you for being here! - 22 Feb 2014