A yeast free Irish tea bread (barmbrack), studded with dried fruit that was soaked in tea overnight or at least 4 hours.
A popular Irish bread normally baked using yeast. Today I tried a yeast free version. Used dried cranberries, apricot and sultana that have been soaked for 4 hours.
This Irish Barmbrack is uncomplicated to make if you plan properly. It requires you to soak the dried fruit in black tea overnight in a refrigerator, the rest was just mix and stir.
You can soak the fruits in any type of tea you like other than black tea. Also this bread does not require extra brown/white sugar either as it is naturally sweetened by the dried fruits.
Irish Barmbrack is easily adapted to be a vegan recipe if you replace some of the ingredients :
whole milk ------> non dairy milk
1 egg ------> 60 g mashed banana or mashed potato
Barmbrack is also eaten year round as a delicious treat at teatime when it is served with salty butter, a few days old brack is also lovely toasted.
Other quick bread recipes you should check out:
Fantastic Apricot Bread.
Blueberry Oatmeal Bread.
Pumpkin Banana Bread
IRISH BARMBRACK RECIPE
Serves : 6-8
1 cup mixed dried fruit
1.5 cup plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp mixed spice
1 cup strong hot tea
pinch of salt
1/4 cup milk
1 egg beaten
Place mixed dried fruit in a bowl, pour hot tea over the fruits. Cover and let it soak in a refrigerator overnight.
Next day, grease 8 in cake pan or loaf pan generously. Preheat oven @ 180 C.
Whisk together plain flour, mixed spices, salt and baking powder in a mixing bowl.
Combine dry ingredients with tea mixture, milk and egg.
Scoop mixture into prepared pan, bake for 40-45 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. .
Cool in pan for 10 minutes, transfer onto rack to cool.
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