Fruit and Nut Tea Brack

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    Total Time
    1hr 10mins
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based on 8 ratings

Traditionally served on Halloween in Ireland, this loaf cake is full of dried figs and hazelnuts. It's perfect as a quick tea cake to make year-round. Spread with butter and eat while still warm!

recipe updated Oct 21, 2019


  • Raisins icon
    300g (about 1¾ cups)
  • Dried figs icon
    Dried figs
    100g (about 3¼)
  • Hot earl grey tea icon
    Hot earl grey tea
    300ml (1¼ cups)
  • Orange icon
    x 1 (about 200g)
  • Light brown sugar icon
    Light brown sugar
    150g (about ¾ cup)
  • Ground cinnamon icon
    Ground cinnamon
    2 tsp
  • Apple pie spice mix icon
    Apple pie spice mix
    2½ tsp
  • Egg icon
    2 (100g)
  • All purpose flour icon
    All purpose flour
    200g (about 1½ cups)
  • Baking powder icon
    Baking powder
    1½ tsp
  • Hazelnuts icon
    75g (about ½ cup)


  • kCook icon Wooden spoon
  • kCook icon Cooling rack
  • kCook icon Zester
  • kCook icon Loaf pan - 10"
  • kCook icon Small bowl
  • kCook icon Large mixing bowl

Step preview

  1. Add raisins, dried figs and hot earl grey tea to a clean large mixing bowl
  2. Soak until soft - approx 8 hr
  3. Pre-heat oven - 170°C
  4. Grease a clean loaf pan
  5. Add orange to the batter
  6. Add light brown sugar, ground cinnamon, apple pie spice mix and egg to the batter
  7. Mix briefly until combined
  8. Add all purpose flour, baking powder and hazelnuts to the batter
  9. Mix until combined
  10. Transfer batter to loaf pan
  11. Bake until skewer tests clean - 50 min, 170°C
  12. Let cool - approx 5 min
  13. Turn out onto cooling rack
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