Irish-Inspired Fruited Quick Bread

    5 hours 15 min

    Barmbrack is traditionally a yeasted Irish fruited loaf. This is a quick bread version, using bicarbonate of soda as the only raising agent. This loaf is studded with moist fruit and fragranced with cinnamon, nutmeg and orange zest. Slice thickly and serve with butter.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 390g dried mixed fruit, chopped
    • 350ml hot brewed tea
    • 310g plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1 egg
    • 300g caster sugar
    • 4 tablespoons lemon marmalade
    • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest

    Prep:2hr15min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Extra time:2hr cooling  ›  Ready in:5hr15min 

    1. Soak the dried fruit in the hot tea for 2 hours, then drain and gently squeeze out excess tea.
    2. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease a 23cm tube cake tin. Stir together the flour cinnamon, nutmeg and bicarbonate of soda; set aside.
    3. Beat the egg, sugar, marmalade, orange zest and tea-soaked fruit until well combined. Gently fold in the flour until just combined, then pour into the prepared tin.
    4. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour or until the top of the bread springs back when lightly pressed. Allow to cool in the pan for 2 hours before removing. Continue to cool to room temperature on a wire rack.

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    This was very good and easy to make. I used a mix of dried fruits that were diced (apples, apricots, raisins, peaches, and pears). I was a little concerned with how thick my batter was when I was making it; I had to scoop out spoonfuls and spread them around my pan. It came out great though and was really good sliced and buttered then broiled for a couple minutes. I will make this again for sure.  -  24 Mar 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I love this recipe. I used a mixture of sultana raisins, dried cranberries and apricots. Great texture and flavour. I also dusted it with icing sugar to finish it off. Pretty and delicious. Thanks Brooke!  -  15 Mar 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I made this tonight for a St. Patrick's Day Party. I followed the recipe exactly. I think that the bake time is much too long though. The bread was very hard after baking for this long. I should have checked it earlier, but my oven is pretty true to temperatures and recipes. Next time I will check the bread sooner. The taste was nice though, a mix between a fruit cake and a spice bread.  -  16 Mar 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)