Sunday, December 4, 2016


Irish Barmbrack Recipe @

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.

Irish Barmbrack Recipe @

Other quick bread recipes you should check out:

Fantastic Apricot Bread.

Blueberry Oatmeal Bread.

Pumpkin Banana Bread

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.

Irish Barmbrack Recipe @

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Teresa B said...

My mother used to make fruit cake every Christmas, it was one of my grandfather's favorite desserts, but I had never heard of this particular recipe. Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party this week. Pinned!

Katerina said...

What a great cake! I have never heard of it!

Joanne said...

Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful recipe with us at the Summer time Fun Linky. Pinned.

Lisa said...

I just had to pin this for later. It looks so good and not high in calories either. Thanks for sharing.

annies home said...

perfect dish for the month of March. I have never heard of this dish before but that does not stop me from giving it a try thanks for sharing
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Jean | Delightful Repast said...

What a luscious looking loaf, just the sort of thing I like with a nice cuppa tea!

Dee | said...

Thanks so much for linking up at the Unlimited Link Party 69. Pinned!

Jennifer Wise said...

How interesting! I'd never heard of it. Looks delicious.
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Sum of their Stories said...

I love a good barmbrack loaf, the tea is what really makes it I think. I usually use my nan's recipe but I'm willing to give this a try!

NCSue said...

I've heard of it but never tried it! Looks interesting. Thanks for sharing the recipe with us at

Carol said...

What a timely recipe -- St. Patrick's Day was yesterday. Looks like a yummy loaf. Pinned! Thank you for sharing this post in the Talent-Sharing Tuesdays Link-Up 56.

Vintage Style Gal said...

I have never heard of this bread before, but it sounds like it would be a good one to make. I have never seen a recipe that calls for the fruit to be soaked in tea either. Interesting. I think it sounds good. Thank you for sharing with Whimsy Home Wednesday!