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Irish Freckle Bread

Irish Freckle Bread
Irish Freckle Bread
Irish Freckle Bread is a moist, full of fruit, breakfast bread.

One of my favorite websites for recipes is King Arthur Flour.   I’m sharing their recipe for this moist, fruit-packed breakfast bread because it’s delicious and a good option for your loved one.


  • 1 cup brewed hot tea. Irish or English breakfast is an excellent choice. Brew it strongly.
  • 1 cup raisins *
  • 1/2 cup currants, packed
  • 1 cup pitted prunes, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 TBS baking powder
  • 1/2 TSP salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 1/2 TBS coarse white sugar (I use regular)

* I have found a package of mixed fruit that works well with no chopping! Look at the shelves around the raisins and see what options are available


  1. Pour the hot tea over the dried fruits in a medium bowl, set aside to cool until lukewarm
  2. Preheat oven to 325. Lightly grease an 8×2 round cake pan or a loaf pan. I also make these into mini muffins to eat after a workout.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl, stir together the brown sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Add the dried fruit and any remaining liquid. (I rarely have remaining liquid.) Stir till thoughoughly combined; the batter will be thick & stiff
  5. Add the egg, mixing till thoroughly combined.
  6. Spread the mixture into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the top evenly with the coarse sparkling sugar.
  7. Bake for 60-70 minutes, till a tester, comes out clean with no clinging crumbs
  8. Remove it from the oven, and turn it out on a rack to cool.