Brack – Irish Sweet Bread

This is a Tea Brack. The recipe calls for self-raising flour and it is baked in a loaf tin. To find a recipe using yeast, please scroll down a little bit. 69DB8950-E1EF-41CC-8EBF-F4E6F4567126

Ingredients:

  • 120g (3/4 cup) whole wheat flour
  • 120g (3/4 cup) self-raising white flour (or else use regular white flour and add 1/2 tsp baking powder to it)
  • 130g (1/2 cup) brown sugar
  • 1 tsp spices (e.g. cinnamon, pimento, allspice, etc.)
  • 300g (3/4 to 1 cup) dried fruit, soaked in liquid overnight (see no. 1)
  • 1 egg

Instructions:

  1. Put 300g fruits and 250ml black tea (or coffee) into a large bowl, mix and let soak overnight.
  2. The next day, stir in brown sugar and the egg.
  3. Add flour (baking powder if required) and spices and mix well.
  4. Spread into a prepared (greased or lined with baking paper) 2lb loaf tin or use a silicone baking dish.
  5. Bake at 170 C for about 60 min.

Let cool on a rack. Freshly cut slice tastes really good if you spread some butter and/or jam on it.

Store in airtight plastic container up to a week.

Tea Brack Recipe Using Yeast

I meant to post only one recipe of Brack but I have discovered this one, too. It calls for yeast instead of self-raising flour, is round in shape and baked on a baking sheet (not in a loaf tin). It reminds me a lot of what we would call a Früchtebrot (Fruit Bread) in Germany.

Ingredients:

  • 300g Whole wheat flour
  • 150g White flour
  • 1 tsp spices to taste (allspice, cinnamon, pimento, etc.)
  • 2 tsp dry yeast
  • Dash of salt
  • Dried fruits, soaked in liquid overnight (see no. 1)
  • Nuts (optional)
  • 150ml water (additional)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Instructions:

  1. Put 300g fruits and 250ml black tea (or coffee) into a bowl, mix and let soak overnight.
  2. In a large bowl, mix flour, spices, dry yeast and salt.
  3. Stir in soaked fruit (incl. remaining liquid).
  4. Add nuts (optional)
  5. Slowly add water (150ml) und 1 tbsp olive oil and mix.
  6. Shape into a round bread. Line baking sheet with baking paper, place dough on top. Let rise for 45-60 minutes (until double)
  7. Bake at 180 C for about 40 minutes.

Let cool on a rack. Freshly cut slice tastes really good if you spread some butter and/or jam on it.

Store in airtight plastic container up to a week.

About Carmen W.

I'm a helpmate, homemaker, mom, and writer, who was born and raised in Germany but is now living in Ireland. I love to study, read and write about the Christian faith, homemaking, home education, music, and dog training.
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