Barm Brack is an Irish bread with dried fruits, soaked in tea, inside the batter. I was challenged to bake this (see here) in Barm Brack…Challenge Accepted, by my cousin (via Grumpy) Allen of Durham, England.
The recipe he used was this one Here, from Allrecipes.co.UK . Here is his offering:
It looks terrific, but I like to use what I have on hand, and chopped candied citron was not in the pantry! I made a nice big mug of really great tea (Yes, Allen, we do have really great tea here! This is Constant Comment by Bigelow. It’s the perfect tea for this operation-or so I think ;-) ). The dried fruit options included raisins (sultanas), applis, strawberries, bananas and cherries. I just couldn’t picture strawberries and bananas in this recipe, so raisins, apples and cherries it was. They soaked for 2 hours (a lot less than the “overnight” called for) in the recipe. I hope it will be okay…..
So the original recipe calls for 8oz light brown sugar. From what I could find that would be just a bit over a cup (7oz= 1 cup). I used about 2 tablespoons of low sugar marmalade, and decided to try with about 3/4 cup brown sugar (this was just perfect). After draining off most of the tea, I added the brown sugar and marmalade, then stirred it all together.
The recipe also called for 5oz of self rising flour. The 5oz is about a cup in US measure. I didn’t have self rising flour, so substituted one cup flour and 1 tsp baking soda. After stirring all that together, I had a nice thick batter. It was rich, sweet and tasted of tea. Not bad! I baked it at 325f for an hour and came up with… (tadaaa!)…