Irish Barmbrack

This is a traditional Irish Fruit Tea Cake recipe, that is made during Halloween and other holidays. Barmbrack (bairín breac in Irish) or Barnbrack literally mean speckled loaf, since it’s adorned with juicy raisins and other dried fruits. The traditional recipe is leavened with yeast, here I have used baking powder instead. The highlight of the flavours is the dried fruits that are soaked in earl grey tea and whisky overnight; just the perfect addition to please the crowds. 😉 This is Donal Skehan’s recipe that I have used here, but I have tweaked it a bit to my liking.

Irish Barmbrack

December 29, 2019
: 8-10
: 8 hr
: 75 min
: 8 hr 75 min
: Medium


  • 240 G Plain flour
  • 2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Mixed spice
  • 1/2 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 110 g Sugar
  • 1 large Egg
  • 50 ml Whisky
  • 250 ml Cold tea (Earl grey)
  • 400 g Mixed dried fruits
  • Butter for greasing
  • Step 1 Brew 250 ml of Earl grey tea, let it cool down. Soak the dried fruits in cold tea and pour in 50 ml of whisky to it. Give it a good mix and let it soak overnight.
  • Step 2 Grease a loaf tin with butter and line with parchment paper.
  • Step 3 Preheat the oven to 170 C. In a mixing bowl, sift in flour, baking powder, salt, mixed spice, ground cinnamon. Then, add in the sugar and soaked fruits along with an egg, give everything a good mix.
  • Step 4 Pour the batter into the prepared loaf tin. Bake for an hour on the middle shelf until baked throughout. Let the cake cool for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Enjoy with butter or jam, along with a good cup of tea.

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