Gracie's barnbrack

    3 hours 50 min

    A delicious tea bread, also known as barmbrack, nice straight from the oven and buttered. For an egg-free option, it works fine with a tablespoon of apple sauce instead of the egg.

    Kent, England, UK
    9 people made this

    Serves: 10 

    • 340g (12 oz) dried fruit
    • 300ml (1/2 pt) medium strength cold tea
    • 170g (6 oz) light soft brown sugar
    • 1 large egg
    • 340g (12 oz) self raising flour, sifted

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:1hr30min  ›  Extra time:2hr soaking  ›  Ready in:3hr50min 

    1. Put the fruit in bowl then pour over the cold tea. Leave in a cool place for a couple of hours to soak.
    2. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease a 900g loaf tin and line with baking parchment.
    3. Beat the sugar, egg and sifted flour into the fruit mixture and transfer to the prepared cake tin.
    4. Bake in the preheated oven on the centre shelf for a 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Remove from the oven and enjoy warm or allow to cool before slicing and serving.

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    Fab recipe! Lovely flavour and couldn't be easier to make. Going to try soaking the fruit in ginger tea.  -  06 Mar 2017


    I agree with the recipe poster, this is delicious and it's easy to put together. I followed the directions exactly except instead of putting the batter all in one pan, I made 4 small loaves. Probably took about 40 minutes to bake. For my 2 c dried fruit, I used a combination of currants, raisins and dried cranberries. Best served thickly slathered with butter and a cup of tea. Mmm Mm good. Suggestion: really grease well the bottom of the pan. Barmbrack is an old Irish recipe, usually made with yeast as the rising agent, but I like this version because it's so quick to put together.  -  02 Apr 2017  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)