In anticipation of St. Patrick’s Day this weekend, I thought I’d share a couple of sweet treats that I’ve made in the past. This particular cake was entered into a contest last fall (recipe can be found here), and was a take on the traditional tea loaf that I’ve made in the past and whose recipe I will also share. The cheesecake went over really well with my testers / co-workers and I was pretty pleased with it. Alas, it did not win the contest.
Here is my recipe for Barm Brack, written into my own little cookbook several years ago, so I have no idea where it even came from originally:
- 1 cup cold tea
- 1 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup mixed peel
- 1/2 cup currants
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup butter or margarine
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
-in a large bowl, add tea to raisins, peel, currants and sugar. Cover and let stand overnight.
-next day, beat egg until frothy. Stir this into fruit mixture. Melt butter and stir into fruit.
-combine dry ingredients and add to fruit batter, stirring until blended. Spoon this mixture into greased loaf pan and bake in 350 degree oven for 60-70 minutes.
Cut and enjoy plain or with a little butter. Yum !
I love both versions 🙂