These tasty tea-soaked fruity Irish Barm Brack Muffins are a St. Patrick’s Day must!
You’re all saying “What the heck is Barm Brack?” Well, traditionally it’s an Irish tea-soaked fruit bread served at Halloween. A small coin is hidden inside and the person who finds it will soon be wealthy.
So, it’s almost St. Patrick’s Day and I thought, Barm Brack is Irish, I’m sort-of Irish, let’s make it something we can enjoy all year ’round. What better than turning it into a muffin! Usually a yeast bread, I have made these Barm Brack Muffins simple to make but just as delicious. Great with a cup of tea as a morning treat!
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- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup golden raisins
- 1/2 cup currants, or chopped dates
- 1 cup brewed black tea
- 4 cups flour
- 1 tsp allspice
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- pinch of slat
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- granulated sugar for dusting
- In a large bowl, soak the dried fruits in the tea. Leave at least 6 hours or overnight.
- Preheat oven to 400ºF. Grease 12-cup muffin tin.
- Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl. In separate bowl, beat egg and melted butter. Add the fruit (well strained) and mix to blend.
- Add flour and mix just until blended. Don't over mix!
- Spoon into prepared muffin tin (you can add a foil-wrapped quarter to one of then for fun..). Bake for 30 minutes or until golden in colour. Allow to cool and enjoy!