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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Irish Tea Brack

   Top 'o the morning to you!  Now that it is March, it seems like a few Irish recipes are in order.  It seems like everyone has a favorite way of doing corned beef and cabbage, so I didn't want to go right there.  So, this brack seemed like a wonderful option.

   It is a fruit filled breakfast cake that goes great with a hot mug of tea or coffee.  It looks like it might be too sweet, but it really isn't.  it has a texture similar to a quick bread, but doesn't have any of the butter or oil.  The flavor reminds me of a bowl of raisin bran.  It makes me want to eat it with milk and a spoon!


   You do have to start this relatively early if you want to make it all at once.  You want the raisins and dates to soak in the tea for a while to become plump.  There is no reason why you couldn't soak them overnight in the fridge to speed up the process in the morning.  Then all you would have to do is stir in the rest of the ingredients and bake it.

   The brack is good served while still warm,but is also great at room temperature.  Have it for breakfast.  Have it for a snack with a glass of milk or some tea.  Heck have it for dinner, nobody is watching!

Irish Tea brack

Ingredients:

1 cup (8 oz) brewed hot tea (I used orange spiced black tea, but any hot tea would work)
2 cups raisins
1 1/2 cups dates, chopped
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 T baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 large egg
1 T sugar

  1. Pour hot tea over raisins and dates.  Let sit for at least 45 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure all the fruit has a chance to soften and plump.  You could do this the night before and let soak in the fridge overnight.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the sugar, flour, baking powder, salt and fruit along with any liquid they were soaking in. 
  3. Stir in the egg until everything is uniformly incorporated.
  4. Spread in a greased 8" round cake pan and bake in a preheated 325 F oven for 60-70 minutes.
  5. Turn brack out of pan and cool on a wire rack.

21 comments:

  1. Cake for breakfast? I am so there!!!

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    1. And it has whole grains and fruit, so you can tell yourself it's healthy!

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  2. Swoon! I haven't been able to cook for St. Pat's so I am LOVING your recipes. I was unfamiliar with brack--this recipe would work year-round or anytime the cook needed a little comfort. Thanks for adding your splendid recipes to FF&EE.

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    1. We really enjoyed it! Thank you for hosting. I hope you get a chance to make something fun for St. Pat's!

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  3. I would really enjoy your wonderful Irish Tea Brack with a nice cup of hot tea. Thanks so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  4. Sounds wonderful! I love breads like this. Pinned!

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  5. This looks great! Pinning and sharing. Thanks for sharing this at Totally Terrific Tuesday last week! I can't wait to see what you have lined up for this week! Our party is live right now!

    Sharon
    Her Organized Chaos

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  6. I have never had Irish Tea Brack, but it looks and sounds perfect for St. Patrick's Day. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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    1. Thanks for hosting! It is really good. My aunt says she had something very similar when she visited Ireland a few years ago.

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  7. I'd like to try this recipe. It sounds wonderful. Thanks for linking up to Funtastic Friday and sharing with us. Hope to see you again this week.

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  8. I like these kind of breads a lot, this looks lovely. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!! Laura@Baking in Pyjamas

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    1. We really enjoyed it. We may have to make another one for breakfast on Tuesday! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  9. This is the best excuse ever to have cake for breakfast! Thanks for linking up at Mum-bo Monday

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  10. Love it!! I am going to have to make this for St. Paddy's Day! Happy THrowback Thursday!!

    Mollie

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    1. Thanks, Mollie! This was a really fun one to try! I need to get some dates so I can make it again.

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  11. Oh I love this! Dried fruit soaked in tea? Right up my alley. Thanks for linking up at #SaucySaturdays.

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    1. It is really quite good and unlike anything I had made before!

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