Irish Barm Brack
irish barm brack (fruit loaf) 
 
this is often call tea brack because of the soaking of the raisins and 
currants in tea. the original brack had only barm ( a mixture of hops, 
malt), milk and flour and was made for new years festivities where pieces 
of baked loaf would be thrown at the back of the house door to ward off 
poverty in the coming year. it is between a loaf and a bread in texture. 
the preparation time does not include the soaking overnight of the raisins 
& currents - 
 
3/4 cup  golden raisins
3/4 cup  currants
1/3 cup  crystallized cherries (undyed preferred)
1/3 cup  candied peel
1 cup  light brown sugar
2 cup  self rising flour
1 cup  cold strong tea
1   egg
1 tsp  mixed spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove)
 
soak the raisins and currents in the cold tea overnight. heat oven to 350f 
and line a 1 lb loaf pan with greased parchment paper. add all the 
remaining ingredient to the raisins, currents and cold tea. stir well and 
pour into the prepared loaf pan. bake for approx 1 1/2 hours or until 
cooked through. keeps well in a covered tin. serve buttered. 
 
 
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(ID: 6105) Mirror: rec.food.recipes: Mon, Sep 20, 2004


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