Rhubarb Barm Brack

Preparation info

  • Serve

    4 to 6

    unless otherwise stated.
    • Difficulty


Appears in

Two Fat Ladies Obsessions

Two Fat Ladies Obsessions

By Jennifer Paterson and Clarissa Dickson Wright

Published 1999

  • About

Barm brack, a fruited loaf made with tea, is also known in Ireland as St. Brigid’s bread. This is a slight variation on the theme, because I have added a teaspoonful of baking soda to lift the whole wheat flour.


  • ¾ cup brown or granulated sugar
  • 2 cups currants or mixed dried fruit


Put the brown or granulated sugar, dried fruit, and peel into a bowl and pour on the tea. Cover and leave to stand for at least 6 hours.

Add the beaten egg and softened butter to the fruit mixture and stir in. Add the flour, baking soda, and spice, and beat until smooth. Put into a greased and lined 9- by 5- by 3-inch loaf pan. Bake in a preheated oven a