Irish Freckle Bread

Irish Freckle Bread Recipe

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Vickie Parks


Also called Tea Brack in some regions, Freckle Bread is a slightly sweet bread from Ireland that's commonly served for breakfast (with butter or jam) or for tea time.


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20-24 (2 loaves)
30 Min
30 Min


  • BREAD:

  • 1 large
    potato, peeled and quartered (reserve some of the potato water)
  • 1 c
    dried currants (or dark raisisn)
  • 2 pkg
    active dry yeast (1/4-ounce each)
  • 2 large
    eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 c
    granulated sugar
  • 1/2 c
    butter, melted
  • 4 1/2 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    mace (or nutmeg)
  • ·
    no-stick cooking spray
  • GLAZE:

  • 1/2 c
    corn syrup
  • 1/4 c
  • 1/2 tsp
    vanilla extract

How to Make Irish Freckle Bread


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray two 9x5-inch baking pans with no-stick cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Cook potato in 1 cup water in a small saucepan for 15 minutes, until tender. Mash potato and measure with cooking water to make 1 cup. Stir in currants and butter. Cool to lukewarm.
  3. Sprinkle yeast in 1/2 cup warm water in large bowl. Stir until yeast dissolves; stir in potato, eggs, sugar, and butter. Stir in 2 cups flour, salt, and mace until smooth. Beat in remaining 2 1/2 cups flour to make a stiff dough. Turn dough onto floured surface and knead. Let rise 1 hour.
  4. Punch dough down, then divide the dough in half. Shape both halves into balls and set aside to rise 45 minutes until double in bulk.
  5. After second rise, shape both halves into loaves about 9 inches in length. Place two loaves, side by side, in a prepared baking pan. Place the 2 remaining loaves, side by side, in other prepared baking pan.
  6. Place both baking pans in oven, and bake at 375°F for 30 minutes. Let cool in pan for a few minutes, then run a butter knife around the edge to loosen bread from pan edges. Turn loaves onto a platter to cool.
  7. Thoroughly mix the corn syrup, water and vanilla. Brush the top of the bread with the glaze while the bread is cooling.

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About Irish Freckle Bread

Course/Dish: Sweet Breads, Savory Breads
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Irish

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