Barmbrack (also referred to as Barm Brack) is an Irish bread often served toasted with butter and served in the afternoon with a cup of tea. In Ireland, Barmbrack is more commonly known as Bairin Breac. This bread, whatever you choose to call it, is too sweet for sandwich bread but not sweet enough to be compared to a cake. It is, however, a tasty treat to serve with tea!
The following recipe for Barmbrack is made to serve and satisfy 10 people.
Combine 1 ¾ cups brewed black tea (cold) with 1 cup brown sugar, 1 ¼ cup golden raisins, and ¼ cup candied citron (chopped) into a covered bowl and refrigerate overnight.
The following day, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Meanwhile, grease and flour an 8 inch round pan. Then sift 1 ¼ cups flour (self rising) into your fruit and tea mixture, add one egg and beat until well blended.
Pour mixture into your greased pan and bake (at 350 degrees) for about one hour and forty five minutes. (You will know when the bread is done if you insert a toothpick into the center and it comes out clean.) Let cool for 5 minutes before turning out of the pan and onto a cooling rack.
Serve toasted slices of this bread to your guests with a dish of butter (allow guests to butter their own slices) and a nice hot cup of tea.