Vegan Irish Tea Brack
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Vegan Irish Tea Brack

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Serves 1 - 1 Loave

Popular fruit loaf in Ireland, made with black tea. Here's a fat-free recipe.

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  • 100 g muscovado (or soft dark brown) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon molasses (optional)
  • 300 ml black tea (I brewed strong Lyons loose tea)
  • 350 g mixed dried fruits (I used raisins, chopped dried apricots, prunes and dried cranberries, you can reduce the amount to 250g for a bit less fruit)
  • 1/2 banana, mashed
  • 240 g flour (I used 75g wholewheat and the rest plain white)
  • 1 heaped teaspoon baking powder


    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
    2. Add dried fruits to hot tea. Dissolve in the sugar. Let soak for about 15 minutes.
    3. Mix baking powder and flour.
    4. Add liquid ingredients, stir and mix well.
    5. Add mash bananas.
    6. Pour into a loaf tin.
    7. Bake for 1h and 30 minutes (or until a metal skewer comes out clean). I baked this at 180 degrees Celsius for the first 20 minutes, then lowered to 160 degrees for the next 50 minutes, and then 170 degrees for the final 20 minutes. I turned off the oven and let it sit in there for another 10 minutes. (But do the fork test to see when yours is done. You might need less time...)
    8. Allow to cool before cutting.

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22nd Sep, 2014
This recipe worked beautifully with the banana (instead of an egg), but there is one very important ingredient missing: spice! The usual amount for tea-brack is one teaspoon of mixed spice, but you can increase this amount to one and a half teaspoons if you like. I used a half teaspoon each of mixed spice, ground ginger and ground coriander. I found out (by accident!) that this brack is even nicer when three days old, so make it in advance, and keep it wrapped.
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