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traditional-irish

Irish Barmbrack

Traditionally eaten at Halloween but great all year round. A thick layer of butter and a cup of tea essential!

60 8
Irish Barmbrack | DonalSkehan.com, Traditionally eaten at Halloween but great all year round. A thick layer of butter and a cup of tea essential!

traditional-irish

Irish Barmbrack

Traditionally eaten at Halloween but great all year round. A thick layer of butter and a cup of tea essential!

60 8
Friday, October 29, 2010

Makes one 900g loaf

225g plain flour

2 tsps of baking powder

375g packet of fruit mix

250ml cold tea

50ml of whiskey

125g light brown sugar

1 large eggs

1/2 tsp of mixed spice

A ring to place inside

 

900g loaf tin

Large mixing

Ring

 

60 mins + soaking time
Serves 8

Barmbrack is a traditional Irish fruitcake which is also known as Irish Tea Cake depending on the time of year that you’re eating it! This recipe makes a really moist, fruit loaf which is packed with flavour from mixed spice and dried fruit.  Interestingly the fruit soaks overnight in cold tea and whiskey resulting in plump fruit pumped with flavour.

Place the fruit mix in a bowl and pour over the whiskey and cold tea. Allow to soak up the liquid overnight.
Preheat the oven to 170˚C/327°/Gas Mark 3 and grease and line a 900g loaf tin. Combine the flour, baking powder, sugar and mixed spice in a mixing bowl. Make a well and break in the egg, using a wooden spoon, mix the egg with the dry ingredients. Add a little bit of the liquid the fruit mix is sitting in and mix it through. You may not need all the liquid, you are looking for a wet dough. Then stir through the fruit mix until everything is thoroughly combined.
Add in the ring and stir through. Spoon the wet dough into the lined loaf tin and place in the oven on the middle shelf and bake for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before removing from the loaf tin and placing on wire rack.
Cover in cling wrap and tin foil and allow to sit for 1-2 days before cutting into it. Serve in slices spread with a little butter and good cuppa!
60 mins + soaking time
Serves 8

Ingredients

Makes one 900g loaf

225g plain flour

2 tsps of baking powder

375g packet of fruit mix

250ml cold tea

50ml of whiskey

125g light brown sugar

1 large eggs

1/2 tsp of mixed spice

A ring to place inside

 

You'll Need

900g loaf tin

Large mixing

Ring

 

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  • Malvin

    Where should I keep the fruit overnight in the fridge?? And what about if I do not fancy whisky??

  • Malvin

    Hi should I keep the fruit overnight in the fridge?? And If I do not like to put alcohol what can I substitute??

    • http://www.donalskehan.com/ Donal Skehan

      Yep you can pop it in the fridge and you can use a splash of orange juice if you prefer. :)

  • cate

    for those us not in the know – what does fruit mix consist of? will most likely have to assemble it myself from the bulk dried fruit bins at the supermarket. also what is “mixed pice”? you reference cinnamon and cloves. would it similar to a pumping pie spice that we have here in Canada? looks wonderful and can’t wait to try it.

    • http://www.donalskehan.com/ Donal Skehan

      It’s usually a mix of raisins, sultanas and candied fruit peels like lemons and orages. It sounds like pie spices would work perfectly! :) Hope you like it!

  • Friday Next

    Thanks to Emmy I found that recipe last week :) It looked so good, that I had to make right away last WE. I “veganize” it, but it’s still so incredible delicious.
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/das.vegane.tellerchen/permalink/865247906879365/

  • Charlotte Cameron

    What fruit mix do you recommend? Here in Montreal, I don’t think you can find premade fruit mixes (or at least, you can find alot of bulk dried fruits).

    • http://www.donalskehan.com/ Donal Skehan

      Oh I’m not sure about Canada but you can just go with raisins and sultanas if that’s all you can get your hands on!

  • Beany Hynes

    Just made this and its amazing. Had to make my own mixed spice as I cant get it in germany.

    • http://www.donalskehan.com/ Donal Skehan

      Fantastic!

  • http://www.donalskehan.com/ Donal Skehan

    Any kind of breakfast tea. Earl grey would be lovely too. :)

  • Tess

    Hi Donal, please explain. Why is Barmbrack/Irish Tea Cake know by ‘two’ names ‘depending on what time of year this is eaten? This really does sound ‘Irish’ to me, (and yes, my great grandmother was Irish). Also, you say you put a ‘ring’ tin the cake, but do not explain why. But I will try out this recipe – without the ring. soon. Thanks. Ps Good luck with the wedding.

    • http://www.donalskehan.com/ Donal Skehan

      Barmbrack is eaten at Halloween but teacake is eaten all year round. The recipe is the same or very similar. The ring is an old tradition and whoever gets it in their slice is next to get married!

      Hope you like it!

  • http://www.donalskehan.com/ Donal Skehan

    Nope!

  • Syeda Sanjana Shahrin

    What’s in the spice mix?

    • http://www.donalskehan.com/ Donal Skehan

      A mix of cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and mace!

  • http://www.donalskehan.com/ Donal Skehan

    Over a week in an airtight tin! :)

  • Claire Roche

    I’m coeliac so would this work with gluten free flour?

  • Michelle Phelan

    Hi Donal for a first time baker what would recommend as the simplest receipe to prepare on paddys day?

    • http://www.donalskehan.com/ Donal Skehan

      I’d go with soda bread! An absolute breeze to make but flippin delish!

  • Ronni

    Hi. This is very similar to my mothers recipe. As a diabetic have altered it a little and it works really well. Instead of sugar use erythritol or a few drops of stevia. Contains so much fruit so sweet anyway. As I am type 2, I keep my glucose level near normal using a very low carb and high fat diet, so use almond flour instead of wheat flour. Best eaten 48 hours after making as it just gets better. Have just made two for Easter as family prefer this to Simnel cake. With a toddler eating it add a little orange juice instead of the whisky for a child friendly version. Son in law inhales it! Simple but delic.

    • http://www.donalskehan.com/ Donal Skehan

      Nice tips! Great idea with the orange juice too! :)