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Irish Tea Brack

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5 Reviews

Total Time
1h 40m
Prep Time
Bake Time
1h 30m
Serves 12
Serves 12

About the bake

This traditional Irish Tea Brack Loaf is filled with fruit and makes a great tea time treat. We're convinced it makes a great lunchbox treat too, not just one for St. Patrick's Day. The fruit requires soaking over night in tea.

9 ingredients5 steps


    1. Step 1

      Put the dried mixed fruit and cherries into a large bowl and pour over the hot tea and leave overnight.

    2. Step 2

      The next day, preheat the oven to 180C (fan 160C, gas mark 4) and line a 900g loaf tin with baking paper. Ready made liners for loaf tins are available in larger supermarkets.

    3. Step 3

      Add the remaining ingredients to the soaked fruit and tea and stir well.

    4. Step 4

      Pour into the loaf tin and bake for 1 1/2 hours or until a skewer comes out clean when pushed into the middle. After an hour just check as you might want to cover with foil if browning too much.

    5. Step 5

      Leave to cool in the tin and then serve sliced with butter.


      • 300gDried mixed fruits 
      • 100gGlacé cherries 
      • 300mlTea (hot, strong) 
      • 125gBillington's Unrefined Light Muscovado Sugar 
      • 125gBillington's Unrefined Dark Muscovado Sugar 
      • 1Egg(s) (free range) (large, beaten) 
      • 275gAllinson's Self Raising Flour 
      • 1 tspMixed spice 
      • Butter (salted) (to serve) 


    • Large mixing bowl
    • Baking paper
    • Loaf tin
    • Skewer
    • Tin foil

    Nutritional information per 97g serving

    • Energy 270cal
    • Fat 0.9g
    • of which Saturates 0.2g
    • Carbohydrates 60g
    • of which Sugars 44g
    • Protein 3.5g
    • Salt 0.29g

    5 Baker Ratings

    Absolutely gorgeous! A real hit with my family who adore a good tea brack. Have had to leave it in for an extra 30 mins but that's fine, tasted great!

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    First time I have made this and its great

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