Okay, I’m a bit late for St. Patty’s day, but I wanted to get my St. Patty’s themed recipe out there, late or not. While the Internet seems to be dripping with Guinness infused everything for St. Patty’s day, along with all manner of morsels tainted with green food coloring, I thought I might take this opportunity to present a slightly different Irish recipe – Irish Tea Bread.
First let me start by saying this was a bit of a departure from the norm for me. While I do like my tea, I’ve not made much of an effort to do anything with it other than to drink it. But then I spotted this recipe and decided it would be a nice way to test the murky brown waters, as it were.
The recipe itself is really quite simple. Brew up a batch of strong tea, soak some golden raisins for a day or so, then mix up your bread.
What you’re left with is a dense, moist and somewhat sweet bread, similar in texture to a banana bread, but with a darker, almost pungent flavor of tea and raisins. To be sure, this is a heavy bread.