Simple and Delicious Tea Brack

(I’m in the middle of trying to articulate the doll tutorial, so am posting this as a bit of light relief for me- and you!)

P1010865I’ve been having cravings for fruit cake; Christmas cake was to dense: I hankered after something moist and lighter. This weeek I received a small little recipe book from Odlums (my mother has an ancient Odlums book of which I have very fond memories been taken out to make pancakes every Shrove Tuesday) P1010868The book has recipes by Catherine Leydon, and the one that appealled instantly in my current desire for fruit cake, was the Tea Brack. I have to admit that I was very skeptical: it seemed far too easy with way too few ingredients to be as luscious as I needed; but once tasted, I couldn’t have been more than delighted.P1010859 I soaked the fruit in cold tea for a day or two, then measured out the other ingredients, it only took a couple of minutes to fold together, and an hour to cook.  I made double this recipe: my sister and brother in law were visiting, so we ate one, and I wrapped up the second for my fruitcake-loving parents P1010867(this cake stays moist for days and days wrapped in greaseproof paper, so a great standby for visitors or gifting. If you can resist that long)

Tea Brack (Catherine Leydon)

225/8oz Self Raising Flour

375g Dried Fruit (I just used raisins)

300ml/1/2 pint Cold Tea

125g/4oz Caster Sugar

1 Egg (beaten)

Good pinch of Mixed Spice

Place fruit and tea in a bowl and leave to soak overnight.

The following day, when the fruit has absorbed most of the liquid, preheat the oven to 170′C/325′F/Gas 3 and grease and line a 2lb loaf tin

To the fruit, add sugar, egg, flour, and mixed spice to the bowl and mix well.

Transfer to the prepared tin and bake for approx. one hour or until risen and firm to the touch (you could inset a skewer to check it has cooked through)

Cool on a wire tray; then, when cold, wrap in greaseproof paper and try to wait for two days before cutting, slathering generously with REAL butter and eating many slices with a large pot of tea.

16 thoughts on “Simple and Delicious Tea Brack

  1. I LOVE Catherine from Odlums but have been known to make Mizz Allen’s tea brack on occassion. I have the tay cooling as I type to make this tomorrow. Thank you for the reminder. Not only am I forgetting my kids’ names of late and calling hot chocolate 7UP (Alarm!!!!!!) I also keep forgetting to make this!!!

  2. Oh Gwen, tis a slippery slope!!! I, too, seem to have early-onset Alzheimers: have regular moments of walking into a room and standing there for several minutes trying to figure out what I was just about to do (and remembering three days later…)

  3. In stitches at Wonderful Wagon’s comment…it’s a little blogpost I think, it needs its own comments section!
    I have made Catherine Leydon’s tea brack before. I’m not really a fan of fruit cakes but my husband is and he loved that one. I can’t believe you posted the recipe because my copy predates my print-and-laminate system for recipes and is lost somewhere in one of the black holes in my house!!!! I will make this during week after I print this post out and laminate it. And oh yes to real butter always.

  4. I am so glad I found your blog! As soon as I figure out how much dried fruit 375 g is I plan to make this ‘brack’…. A new word for me! I look forward to the doll tutorial as a new grandmother in South Carolina. Do not fret about forgetting details; mothers of young children have so many ‘balls in the air’ one has to fall every now and then!

  5. Janet, thank you so much for your lovely comment! I think 375g work out at about 2 and a third cups :-) I hope you do make a doll, they have a different “energy” that making with love brings, x

  6. This looks yummy indeed. I am very interested in the doll tutorial – will that be available for purchase at all?

  7. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I made it yesterday, it was such a hit with the family, there is hardly any left. A double quantity of fruit is now soaking in tea to bake tomorrow as they want more! Beautifully simple and scrumptious!

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