Irish Tea Brack from Dublin Ireland

Here is my mother-in-law’s recipe for using up leftover tea and making a delicious brack without fat.


• 300 ml cold tea
• 250g (1/2 pound) sultanas and/or other fruit
• 200g brown sugar or white sugar with added treacle
• 250g wheat flour
• ½-1 baking powder ( 7.5 - 15 grams)
• 2 eggs beaten
• 1 tsp ground nutmeg
• ½ tsp ground cinnamon
• honey, for glazing (optional)


1. Place the cold tea in a bowl. Add in the sultanas, cover and set aside to soak overnight.

2. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas 4.

3. In a mixing bowl, mix together the sugar, flour, baking powder, beaten egg, nutmeg and soaked fruit, with its soaking liquid until well-mixed.

4. Transfer the mixture to a well-oiled loaf tin.

5. Bake for 1 hour, 30 minutes until risen and set.

6. Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes in its tin, then turn out and cool on a wire rack. Glaze with honey if required.

7. Serve in slices with butter and store in an airtight tin.

Will keep fresh for 4 weeks in a tightly closed container.

Cooking & Recipes


Makes 1 medium loaf

Preparation Time: 

15 min, plus ov

Start to Finish Time: 

Cook time: 1 hr

Preparation Method

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I think this is what my

I think this is what my grandmother used to call Barm Brack.