Barm Brack

    1 hour 55 min

    This delicious Irish fruit cake is best served thickly sliced with butter.

    56 people made this

    Serves: 10 

    • 425ml (15 fl oz) brewed ordinary tea, cooled
    • 225g (8 oz) light brown soft sugar
    • 175g (6 oz) sultanas
    • 50g (2 oz) chopped candied citron
    • 150g (5 oz) self-raising flour
    • 1 egg, beaten

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:1hr45min  ›  Ready in:1hr55min 

    1. Put the tea, sugar, sultanas and citron into a bowl. Cover and leave to soak overnight.
    2. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4. Grease and flour an 20cm round cake tin.
    3. Sift the flour into the fruit mixture. Add the egg and beat well.
    4. Pour into the cake tin and bake in preheated oven for 1 hour and 45 minutes or until skewer inserted into centre of cake comes out clean. Leave in the tin for 5 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack to cool.

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    Reviews in English (35)


    Used different ingredients. I added orange peel & dried fruit in place of the citron.  -  18 Jul 2008


    I thought it was possibly an error in converting from metric to English until I saw the other reviews. Even with extra flour, my batter was runny, but I had hoped to try it anyway. Smelled good, esp. since I used Mandarin Orange Spice tea. I almost burnt the top, but the insides were still runny. Lots of time and money wasted on this recipe. (Golden Raisins instead of sultanas and citron are not cheap)  -  25 Mar 2012


    Recipe is great- I did make changes and look up equivalents first. The 8oz sugar = just under a cup (I used 2/3) and the 5 oz flour= one cup in US measure. Batter nice and thick. I cooked it at 325f for one hour and it was perfect.  -  02 Dec 2012