The trick to making a Barm Brack is soaking the fruit over
night in the tea. While this makes the dried fruit softer and more appealing in
general, one must be careful when mixing the dough not to over knead or the
rehydrated fruit will break up and speckle the cake. Add the sugar and egg to
the fruit mix the next day. Sift in the remaining dry ingredients. Mix gently.
Use a 7" round baking tin at 350°F for 80 minutes. Cool on a wire rack and
serve with hot tea.