Irish Barmbrack Bread Recipe is a traditional bread made with yeast, raisins and dried cherries. It’s delicious warm with butter; a classic Irish bread!

Irish Barmbrack is a traditional Celtic bread, originally made for harvest celebrations—hence the warm smells and flavors of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.

Irish Barmbrack Bread Recipe

The outer crust has a crunchy, biscuit-like texture, while the inside is moist, fruity, and cakey. Or, you can try my Fresh Irish Soda Bread Recipe!

But first, with everything going on in the world, if we’re not already, now’s the time to use our intuition for cooking, baking, freezing, sharing, and getting creative to help others!

Trusting we have enough for today, I love to pop leftovers and baked goods into the freezer for a “rainy day.”

Freeze Barmbrack Bread

This bread today is perfect for freezing!

Ingredients for Barmbrack Bread

  • Tea
  • Golden raisins and dried cherries
  • Lemon zest
  • Flour
  • Dark brown sugar
  • Baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves
  • Kerrygold unsalted butter
  • Whole milk and egg

How to eat Barmbrack Bread

The bread pairs perfectly with tea or coffee and a smudge of creamy Irish butter. Also delicious served with your favorite weekend brunch!

The optional sweet, honey butter compliments this bread perfectly and is so easy to mix up at home.

You can also try Sally’s Grandma’s Irish Soda Bread!

Serve with these recipes

I love St. Patrick’s Day for so many wonderful rustic and comforting foods.

Best Corned Beef and Cabbage

Irish Flag Spinach Salad

How to soak the fruit

  1. Mix together hot tea, raisins, and cherries in a bowl.
  2. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 20-30 minutes, or until dried fruit have plumped.
  3. Drain the fruit, and set on paper towel to absorb excess water.

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Irish Barmbrack Bread Recipe

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 35 mins
plumping fruit: 20 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins
Yield: 8


  • 2 cups Irish Breakfast or Earl Grey tea, warm
  • 3 ⁄4 cup golden raisins
  • 1 ⁄2 cup dried cherries
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 ⁄4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 ⁄4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 ⁄4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 6 Tbsp. Kerrygold unsalted butter, melted, plus more for greasing
  • 1 ⁄4 cup whole milk, warmed
  • 1 egg, beaten


  • Mix together hot tea, raisins, and cherries in a bowl; cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 20-30 minutes, or until dried fruit have plumped, then drain the fruit, and set on paper towel to absorb excess water: Set aside.
  • Heat the oven to 325°.
  • Whisk flour, brown sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg in a bowl; make a well in the center.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the melted butter, warm milk, and egg in a bowl and whisk together.
  • Add the milk mixture into the well along with the dried fruit; stir until a wet dough forms and all dry ingredients are incorporated.
  • Press dough into a greased loaf pan lined with parchment and bake until firm—32–37 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean after insertion. Let cool slightly; serve with butter!
Cuisine: Irish
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
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