Irish Tea Bread


  • 12 tablespoons strong tea
  • 1 pound mixed dried fruit*
  • 6 ounces soft brown sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 ounce butter, melted
  • 9 ounces all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

* The mixed fruit can include raisins, currants, and any other kind of dried fruit you like; chop any larger pieces down to about raisin size.


  1. Place the tea, mixed fruit and sugar in a bowl; cover and leave overnight.
  2. Stir in the egg and melted butter. Sieve the flour and the baking powder together and fold them in.
  3. Line the bottom of a large loaf pan with baking parchment, Pour the mixture in and smooth the top.
  4. Bake in a preheated oven (360 degrees F) on the middle shelf for 1 1/2 hours.
  5. After removing from the oven, leave in the pan for 2 to 3 minutes, then turn out of pan and cool on a wire rack.

Yield: 4 servings