Irish barm brack fruit loaf
A really traditional sweet cake loaf packed full of all sorts of gorgeous dried fruits and flavoured with tea.
300g/10 ½ oz mixed dried fruit (sultanas, currants, raisins, candied peel)
200g/7 oz light brown sugar
250g/9 oz self-raising flour
1 cup cold strong black tea
1 teaspoon mixed spice (cinnamon, clove, nutmeg)
Soak the mixed fruit in the cold tea for about 6 hours, overnight if you can.
Pre heat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and line a 1lb loaf tin with greased baking paper.
Mix together all the ingredients and pour into the loaf pan. Bake for 1 – 1 ½ hours or until cooked through.
Ring the changes by using different types of tea such as Earl Grey or spiced chai.
Recipe from:Practically pagan COOKING by Rachel Patterson