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Recipe for family meals :

Irish Tea Brack
 

This is one of the recipes which we have been given permission to reproduce by another of the UK recipe sites, Recipes4us. It is a big site with a wealth of information and recipes. If you would like to have a look at their website click here.

Hub-UK comment:

"As a Welshman I am very suspicious of this recipe - remarkably like Bara Brith (traditional Welsh cake) if you leave out the whiskey!"

Ingredients

450g / 1lb Mixed Dried Fruit
150ml / 5fl.oz. Hot Black Tea
2 tbsp Irish Whiskey
225g / 8oz Dark Soft Brown Sugar
225g / 8oz Self Raising Flour
2 teasp Mixed Spice
2 Eggs

Method
  • Place the fruit in a large mixing bowl together with the hot tea and whiskey. Cover with clingfilm and leave to soak overnight.
  • After the soaking period, preheat the oven to 180ºC, 350ºF, Gas Mark 4 and grease a 900g / 2lb loaf tin. Line the base with greaseproof paper.
  • Add the sugar to the bowl of soaked fruit then add the flour and sprinkle the spice evenly over the top.
  • Add the eggs and beat well with a wooden spoon until thoroughly mixed and soft.
  • Transfer the mixture to the greased loaf tin, smoothing the top with a palette knife.
  • Bake for 1 1/2 hours until firm and springy to the touch. Half way through the cooking, cover the top of the cake with greaseproof paper to prevent it getting too brown.
  • Remove from the tin and cool on a wire rack. Serve cut into thick slices with plenty of butter at tea time.

 
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