Did you know that the Irish drink more tea per head of population than any other country in the world?
So what better idea than to combine Ireland's two favourite beverages - whiskey and tea - into a Brack. A Brack is an Irish word for a tea bread, and as whiskey marries particularly well with raisins and sultanas, you'll not be disappointed with this very easy recipe. It keeps very well - or so we've heard - it's never lasted that long at home!
- 900g / 2lb mixed dried fruit (raisins, currants, sultanas and candied peel)
- 450g / 1lb brown sugar
- 570ml / 1 pint cold strong black tea (Barry's Irish Tea if you can get it)
- 100ml / 4fl oz Kilbeggan Irish whiskey
- 450g / 1 lb plain flour
- 3eggs beaten
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp mixed spice
- Honey to glaze
1. Soak the dried fruit and the sugar in the mixture of tea and whiskey for 24 hours.
2. Next day add all remaining ingredients and mix well.
3. Grease 2 bread tins and bake at 160ºC (Gas 3) for one and half hours.
4. Brush a little honey over each brack. Put the bracks back in the warm oven for about 10 mins to dry out.
5. Serve sliced with unsalted Irish butter.
The bracks will keep in an airtight tin for 2 weeks.