I used to make brack, three loaves at a time, most of the time. You can mix it up a bit by using different dried fruits and different types of tea. Earl Grey and the zest of an orange makes a great combination, or chia tea and some spices. There are so many different teas out there, why not try your favorite fruit tea?
3 cups of mixed dried fruit (sultanas/raisins/currants/etc)
1 1/2 cups hot strong black tea
3/4 cup golden castor sugar
1 tbsp ground linseed/flaxseed
2 tbsp water
1 3/4 cups of fine wholemeal flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
Dissolve the sugar into the hot tea and mix in the fruit, cover and leave on the side overnight, or at least a few hours, so the liquid is absorbed into the fruit. After the liquid is fully absorbed and the fruit plumped up, mix your flax/ linseed “egg” by mixing the ground seeds in a cup with the water, pop in the fridge until its needed. Mix together the dry ingredients with a spoon, add the fruit and give a good stir, Now add your “egg” and give another big stir! This should all come together as a thick lumpy batter.Preheat the oven to 160c/320f. Press the mix into a 2 lb loaf tin , greased and lined with parchment paper. Bake for 1 hr uncovered, test with a skewer, if it comes out damp with fruit juices that’s fine, however if it comes out with raw cake batter, bake covered until cooked in the centre, testing every five-ten minutes or so. Leave to cool in the tin before tipping out and slicing with a bread knife.