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Tea Brack

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Author: PJ Hamel

Tea Brack Recipe

Tea brack — a.k.a. Irish Freckle Bread — is a moist, close-grained, packed-with-fruit breakfast bread. Based on Ireland's classic yeasted barm brack, this quicker version is just as popular in that country, where its only sweetness comes from the raisins and sultanas it's packed with. Our Americanized version adds brown sugar plus additional fruit (prunes and dates). Like the original Irish tea brack, though, the fruit is soaked in brewed tea, which is the bread's only liquid. If desired, substitute 2 tablespoons Irish whiskey for an equal amount of the tea.

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8" round cake, 16 servings
Nutrition information


Choose your measure:

  • 1 cup brewed hot tea; Irish breakfast tea is a good choice
  • 1 cup raisins, packed
  • 1/2 cup currants, packed
  • 1 cup pitted prunes, snipped into small pieces
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 cups Irish-Style Wholemeal Flour or King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons coarse sparkling white sugar


  1. Pour the hot tea over the dried fruits in a medium-sized bowl. Set the mixture aside to cool to lukewarm, about 1 hour.
  2. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Lightly grease an 8" x 2" round cake pan. If your pan isn't at least 2" deep, use a 9" round pan.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl, stir together the brown sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Add the dried fruit, and any remaining liquid. Stir until thoroughly combined; the batter will be thick and stiff.
  5. Add the egg, mixing until thoroughly combined.
  6. Spread the mixture into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the top evenly with the coarse sparkling sugar.
  7. Bake the bread for 60 to 70 minutes, until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out moist, but without clinging crumbs.
  8. Remove it from the oven, and turn it out of the pan onto a rack to cool.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 85g
  • Servings Per Batch 16
Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories 217
  • Calories from Fat 6
  • Total Fat 1g
  • Saturated Fat 0g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 12mg
  • Sodium 170mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 52g
  • Dietary Fiber 4g
  • Sugars 34g
  • Protein 3g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.