Irish tea brack

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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.38 / 5 (142 votes)

Prep time:
15 min, plus overnight soaking and cooling
Cook time:
1 hr 30 min
Makes 1 medium loaf

For a delicious tea-time treat try Margaret Browne's simple recipe for a traditional, fruit-filled Irish tea bread


1. Place the cold tea and whiskey in a bowl. Add in the sultanas, currants, glace cherries and mixed peel. Cover and set aside to soak overnight.

2. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas 4.

3. In a mixing bowl, mix together the sugar, self-raising flour, beaten egg, nutmeg and soaked fruit, with its soaking liquid until well-mixed.

4. Transfer the mixture to a well-oiled loaf tin.

5. Bake for 1 hour, 30 minutes until risen and set.

6. Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes in its tin, then turn out and cool on a wire rack. Glaze with honey if required.

7. Serve in slices with butter and store in an airtight tin.


  • 300 ml cold tea
  • 4 tsp Irish whiskey
  • 110 g sultanas
  • 220 g currants or raisins
  • 55 g chopped glacé cherries
  • 55 g chopped mixed candied peel
  • 200 g brown sugar
  • 225 g self-raising flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • honey, for glazing (optional)

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Latest Comment


I tried was well worth the effort family enjoyed it and it keeps for along time. Will be one of my regular cooks know luved it.

patriciaW66464 patriciaW66464  Posted 17 Apr 2013 9:10 PM

Tried this today. The loaf tin really needs to be lined, and partially covered for some of the cooking to avoid burning. Maybe my oven is out of whack. Didn't turn out that great as a result!

GarvanG89046 GarvanG89046  Posted 18 Nov 2009 4:25 PM

simply well worth the effort and so easy to do

charlesG42656 charlesG42656  Posted 01 Jul 2009 9:26 PM