Irish Barmbrack

Irish Barmbrack

This is a recipe my mother used as far back as I can remember hence the weird measuring units.  I have adapted the ingredients so that they are Fairtrade – for instance using Fairtrade sultanas rather than currants for which I have never found a Fairtrade supply.


  • ½ pint Fairtrade sultanas
  • ½ pint Fairtrade raisins
  • ½ pint Fairtrade soft dark brown sugar
  • ½ pint cold Fairtrade tea
  • 1 egg
  • 1 pint self raising flour


  1. Put the sultanas, raisins and sugar in a bowl and mix. 
  2. Add the cold tea, cover and leave overnight. 
  3. Next day heat the oven to 160C (325F/gas mark 4). 
  4. Grease and line a loaf tin with baking paper. 
  5. Stir the mixture well then add the beaten egg. 
  6. Sift the flour and stir it in.  Mix well.
  7.  Cook for 1 hour 15 min. 
  8. When ready the loaf should be firm to the touch and brown.
  9. Cool, slice, spread with butter and eat.

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