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Barm brack recipe

Barm brack recipe

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This traditional Irish fruit loaf is given a wonderful depth of flavour from whisky and tea - a delicious bake to enjoy with a cuppa. See method

  • Serves 10
  • 2 hrs 15 mins to prepare and 1 hr 15 mins to cook
  • 274 calories / serving
  • Vegetarian


  • 100g sultanas
  • 100g currants
  • 75g (3oz) dried figs, chopped
  • 225g light brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp Irish Whisky
  • 300ml (10fl oz) tea (without milk), cooled
  • 275g (9oz) self raising flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
No self-raising flour? Add 2 tsp baking powder for every 150g plain flour

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    1g 2%
  • Saturates

    0g 1%
  • Sugars

    39g 43%
  • Salt

    0.3g 5%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 59.4g Protein 3.9g Fibre 2.4g


  1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 2, 150ºC, 300ºF. Put the fruit and sugar into a bowl, add the whisky and stir to mix, then pour over the tea. Cover and leave for several hours or overnight.
  2. Take a 1kg (2lb) loaf tin and lightly grease and line. Add flour and egg to the fruit and stir until thoroughly mixed. Spoon the mixture into the tin and level. Bake for 1-1 1/4 hours until the tea bread is well risen and firm to the touch.
  3. Allow to cool slightly in the tin and then turn out. Serve sliced and buttered.

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