This traditional Irish bread is characterized by first soaking raisins in tea overnight. However soaking is the only time consuming part—the rest is about as easy a dump-and-stir bread as you can get. It's typically served buttered, but it's just good plain, or with a bit of jam.
adapted from Irish Traditional Cooking
1 1/2 cups raisins
1 cup strongly brewed tea, such as Irish Breakfast, cooled
2 cups (about 10 ounces) self-rising flour
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Old-fashioned oats, thick cut if possible
Combine raisins and tea in a bowl, cover and refrigerate overnight.
Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour loaf pan, knocking out any excess flour.
In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, egg, raisins, and tea. Stir to combine and pour into prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle top with oats. Bake bread until top is brown, about 1 hour 40 minutes. Let cool 15 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
8 1/2- by 4 1/2- inch loaf pan
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|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 1g||1%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||1%|
|Total Carbohydrate 72g||26%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||8%|
|Total Sugars 39g|
|Vitamin C 1mg||3%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|