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Irish Tea Brack  Veg  CD  CBF  British  105mins plus soaking

 

Makes 1 Cake      Cold     Vegetarian  Alcohol  Cakes baked Fayre   Dairy free Ireland  Europe

 

Ingredients:

   450g/1lb Mixed Dried Fruit

   150ml/5fl.oz. Hot Black Tea

   2 tbsp Irish Whiskey

   225g/8oz Dark Soft Brown Sugar

   225g/8oz Self Raising Flour

   2 teasp Mixed Spice

   2 Eggs

 

Instructions

1. Place the fruit in a large mixing bowl together with the hot tea and whiskey. Cover with clingfilm and leave to soak overnight.

2. After the soaking period, preheat the oven to 180C, 350F, Gas Mark 4 and grease a 900g/2lb loaf tin. Line the base with greaseproof paper.

3. Add the sugar to the bowl of soaked fruit then add the flour and sprinkle the spice evenly over the top.

4. Add the eggs and beat well with a wooden spoon until thoroughly mixed and soft.

5. Transfer the mixture to the greased loaf tin, smoothing the top with a palette knife.

6. Bake for 1-1/2 hours until firm and springy to the touch. Half way through the cooking, cover the top of the cake with greaseproof paper to prevent it getting too brown.

7. Remove from the tin and cool on a wire rack. Serve cut into thick slices with plenty of butter.

 

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Bake - To cook in an enclosed oven

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Rub in -  The incorporation of fat into flour.  Butter is cubed then gently rubbed between the thumb and forefinger, lifting the mixing at the same time, until the fat is fully incorporated and the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

Main equipment required to make this recipe

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Wire Rack

 

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