Irish Tea Bread
12 T Strong tea
1 lb. Mixed dried fruit
6 oz Soft brown sugar
1 ea Egg, lightly beaten
1 oz Butter (melted)
9 oz All-purpose flour
1/2 t Bicarbonate of soda
The mixed fruit can include raisins, currants, and any other kind of dried fruit you like; chop any larger pieces down to about raisin size.
Place the tea, mixed fruit and sugar in a bowl; cover and leave overnight. Stir in the egg
and melted butter. Sieve the flour and the bicarb together and fold them in. Line the
bottom of a large loaf pan with baking parchment, and brush the whole inside of the
pan with melted butter. Pour the mixture in and smooth the top. Bake in a preheated
oven (360 F) on the middle shelf for 1 1/2 hours. After removing from the oven, leave
in the pan for 2-3 minutes; then turn out of pan and cool on a wire rack.