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Friday, March 10, 2017

Irish Tea Brack #StPatricksDay


   Top 'o the morning to you!  Now that it is March, it seems like a few Irish recipes are in order.  I think everyone has a favorite way of doing corned beef and cabbage, so I didn't want to go right there.  I always love trying something a little bit different and fun. So, this brack seemed like a wonderful option.  If you haven't heard of tea brack before, you are not alone.  You should certainly get familiar though!


   A brack 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 in cake form.  It kind of 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.  Easy peasy!


   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 sprinkle with granulated sugar. Bake in a preheated 325 F oven for 60-70 minutes.
  5. Turn brack out of pan and cool on a wire rack.


    St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner.  It is a great time to celebrate the Irish in all of us, even if there isn't any!  There are a lot more ways to celebrate than drinking green beer.  So Jan from The Tip Garden and Carlee from Cooking with Carlee got us together to share our best St. Patrick's Day inspired recipes.  There is sure to be something for everyone!

Beef and Stout Stew from Caroline's Cooking

Chocolate Cupcakes with Irish Cream Frosting from Grumpy's Honeybunch

Chocolate Stout Floats from The Chef Next Door

Easy 5 Ingredient Chocolate Mint Cookies from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks

Grilled Cabbage Steaks from Culinary Adventures with Camilla

Irish Tea Brack from Cooking With Carlee

Lucky Leprechaun Minty Milkshakes from Family Around the Table

Nana's Shepherd's Pie from The Tip Garden

Reuben Quesadillas from A Day in the Life on the Farm

Reuben Stuffed Crescent Rolls from From Gate to Plate

Slow Cooker Guinness Pot Roast from Amy's Cooking Adventures

St. Patrick's Day Green Martini - Melontini from All That's Jas

Stout Cupcakes with Irish Buttercream from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures

Ulster Fry from Palatable Pastime


Shared at The Weekend Potluck and Meal Plan Monday

55 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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  12. Never heard of this before but it looks and sounds delicious.

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    1. It is delicious, I hope you give it a try!

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  13. Hi Carlee, I have never heard of a brack before. It looks like a light fruitcake, but made with wholemeal flour. This is another cake I'm going to have to try, just as soon as I've had a go at that chocolate cake you shared last week. Too many cakes and not enough days!

    xx

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    1. Tell me about it. So many cakes, so little time! ;-)

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  14. We make something similar in my family and it has always been a favorite - looks delicious.

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  15. Looks so moist! I'd love this for breakfast.

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  16. It looks amazing! Can't wait to try it :)

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  17. I have always loved the word 'brack'! Never made one myself though.

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    1. You definitely should give one a try!

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  18. I'm gong to make this next weekend. You know I love a sweet cake for breakfast and always a good cup of tea! Happy weekend sweet lady!

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    1. I hope you love it, Andrea! Have a lovely one!

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  19. Sometimes I like recipes that take a while to make, it means they are super full of flavor! This looks delicious!

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    1. Me too, especially if they really are easy in the end. Thanks, Shelby!

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  20. I have never tried this. It looks amazing. It sort of reminds me of our steamed pudding recipe. So moist and delicious.

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    1. I really need to try making a steamed pudding one of these days. Thank you!

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  21. ooohhhh, a new quick bread recipe. YUM....Thanks Carlee and thanks for hosting.

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    1. Thanks, Wendy! This is one of our favorites. Thanks for participating, Wendy!

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  22. I've never heard of Brack before, but you got my interest with Raisin bran in cake form!!

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    1. It's kind of a silly description, but I really like it!

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  23. I had never heard of this before but omgosh it looks delicious! Thanks for sharing your recipe with us at Merry Monday this week! I can't wait to give it a try. :)

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    1. It is definitely worth a try. Thanks so much!

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  24. I can't wait to try this today even!! 💚 Thank you for sharing. Is there a way to Pin it?

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    1. I hope you do give it a go! If you are on a desktop, there should be some share buttons on the left side of the screen or Pinterest buttons should appear if you hover over a picture. On your phone you can share it to Pinterest if you click the share button. Thank you!

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  25. Sounds so lovely, I wish I liked raisins better than I do. I'm tempted to mess around with trying some other dried fruits...apples maybe? I wonder if the Irish ever do that...:)

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    1. I bet it would be lovely with dried apples. Or cherries?

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  26. Raisin bran in cake form sounds delicious and exactly what I'm in the mood to eat right now. Congrats, you're featured this week at the #ThisIsHowWeRoll Link Party.

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    1. Thank you so much! We've really enjoyed this brack every time we've made it!

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  27. That sounds amazing! Pinning the recipe to try out at my next party. :)

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  28. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week and I have just pinned it to our features board. Enjoy your new Red Plate and have a wonderful day!
    Miz Helen

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