Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Halloween Teabrack...

This is a traditional recipe for a homemade brack we eat at Halloween. Long ago different charms were added to the mixture when cooking and each had symbolic meaning . You can still buy the shop ones every Halloween but I like to make my own. As kids we all wanted to get the "gold" ring which stood for marriage! Other bits added were a pea, bean, stick and a rag. Here is the recipe I always follow when making the Halloween brack (charms are optional)  but add a fun element for children!


10oz self raising flour
1/2 pint of cold tea
1/2lb mixed fruit (raisins,sultanas)
4 oz caster sugar
2 medium eggs
a pinch of mixed spice


Place the fruit in a bowl and soak overnight in the tea. Add sugar, flour and mixed spice to this and combine well. Wrap ring and other charms if using in greaseproof  paper and stir into mixture. Transfer to a 2lb loaf tin which is greased and lined. Bake in 170c oven for 1 hour until risen and firm to touch. Cool on a wire tray.

I love it just warm from the oven and spread with a good dollop of butter!


  1. Thank you for the recipe , Anne!! It looks delicious!


  2. It looks so delicious ! The last pics is so lovely.
    Have a beautiful day Anne.

  3. This is such fun! I've never heard of this tradition before, it's similar to the sixpence in the christmas pudding :) xx

  4. P.S Thank you for adding my button! :) xx

  5. I love teabrack especially with lots of "real" butter.

    Will definitely make one this weekend
    but maybe I should do the Weightwatchers one!!!

    Have a good week Anne.

    x Fiona

  6. Mmmhhh that Looks so delicous ... Need to dry it out! ; )

  7. The best butter I ever had was in Ireland. That just sounds soooo good!

  8. Thanks for sharing this recipe! sounds delish!


  9. Oooh yummy. I won't make it though because I would be the only one in this house that would eat the whole loaf ..... and that would be baaaad ;-)

  10. Ohhhh, that looks YUMMY DELISH Anne! I love warm baked stuff out of the oven. A little TOO much! HAHAHA I need to look up each of the charms, because I would love to know what they stand for. Thanks for the recipe! :D

  11. I'll be in Dublin just after Halloween and I've been hoping my Auntie still has a bit of brack

  12. Oh I might have to try this - my mum used to make us tea bread when we were children, which I guess is the same thing. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  13. Have fruit steeping in tea at the moment
    will make 2 bracks tomorrow,

    Hope you are having a good Sunday



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