Irish Halloween Tea Brack

Racquel Sweeney


This is a lovely combination of a bread come cake mixture .I remember my Grandmother always making bracks for Halloween. one year in particular my brothers and I we destroyed a few she made looking for the charm baked in side, poor gran when she went to cut the brack it fell apart .Needless to say we got murdered but!! we got the money ;). This is my Grandmothers recipe so I hope you like..... :)

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20 Min


1 Hr




1- 1/2 c
{10 fl oz } cold stronge black tea
2 c
{10 oz} selfraising flour (sieved)
1/2 tsp
bicarbonate of soda
1/2 c
{4oz} soft brown sugar
3 c
{1lb} mixed raisin +sultanas
1/2 tsp
all spice
1 tsp
grated lemon rind
egg {beaten}
charm (eg. coin or ring)
1 Tbsp
honey or golden syrup (for glaze)

Directions Step-By-Step

Put tea, sugar, lemon rind and dried fruits into a bowl, stir well. Then cover and leave over night to soak, least for 12 hours.
Next day = Pre- heat over to 180c/350f .Grease a 2lb loaf tin with little butter and line the bottom with greaseproof paper. wrap the coin or ring what ever you choose ,up in greaseproof paper and set a side.
Beat the egg and mix it thoroughly with the fruit.
Sieved flour, all spice, bicar-soda together and stir into the fruit mixture . Turn out the mixture into the loaf tin ,spread out event on top. Get the coin and push it into mixture not flat but side ways. place in the pre-heated oven and bake for 1 hour, now after 40 minutes place tin foil over the top of tea brack to stop it getting too brown , continue to bake for the remaining 10 minutes.
Allow the Tea Brack to cool in tin for 15 minutes, before turning out on to wire rack.
Heat slightly the honey or golden syrup and brush over the top of brack before cutting to give a nice glaze.
Note= Don't give in to temptation to eat until completely cool (you will be tempted!!) serve with a spread of butter and a lovely cup of tea. The Irish tradition is the ring in the tea brack was if you got it in a slice you would get married and the money was for wealth.. hope you like and enjoy.. :)

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Sweet Breads
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: Irish
Other Tag: For Kids
Hashtag: #tea brack