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Irish Barm Brack / Tea Brack Bread Recipe

Course Breads
Cuisine British, Irish
Servings 1 Loaf


  • All Purpose Flour / Maida - 300 gm
  • Brown Sugar - 50 gm
  • Instant Yeast - 1 1/4 tsp
  • Milk - 1/2 cup
  • Salt - 1/4 tsp
  • Ghee - 60 gm
  • For The Fruit Mix:
  • Golden Raisins - 1/2 cup
  • Black Raisins - 1/2 cup
  • Water - 2 1/4 cups
  • Tea - 2 tbs
  • Glazed Cherry - 3 tbs
  • Dried Cranberry - 3 tbs


  • Bring water to boil and add tea. Let the mix boil on low flame for five minutes.
  • Remove from flame and set it aside to cool down.
  • Pour it over a strainer and take the strong tea in a bowl.
  • To that add the raisins and cover and set aside overnight.
  • The next day, drain the tea and add cranberries and glazed cherries to the plumped up raisins.
  • In a bowl mix together flour, sugar, salt and yeast.
  • Add ghee and mix well together.
  • Add in the raisins and fruits and mix well.
  • Finally add in the milk and start kneading the dough.
  • At first it might seem crumbly, but after kneading for a while it will come together.
  • Cover and set it aside for 1 hour or more until the dough is double in volume.
  • Preheat oven to 180°C.
  • Punch down the dough and roll t into a tight log.
  • Place it in a lined and greased loaf tin.
  • Cover and set aside for 15 minutes.
  • Now, place the tin in oven and bake the bread for 45 - 55 minutes.
  • After ten minutes of baking, I covered the bread with an aluminium foil tent and removed it for the final 10 minutes.
  • I also brushed the top of the loaf with a ginger syrup for the last ten minutes to give the loaf a nice glaze.
  • Remove from oven and let it sot for ten minutes on counter.
  • Remove the loaf from the tin and allow it to cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.