Irish Tea Cake (Barmbrack)
Whether you're celebrating the Irish on St. Paddy's Day or celebrating Halloween with the Irish, this traditional tea-infused cake, or fancy bread, makes for a festive dessert. First you'll soak dried fruits, such as the golden raisins, currants, and cherries used here, in Irish breakfast tea, until they're wonderfully plump. The dough that follows is really simple, incorporating warm spices, zests of lemon and orange, and extra tea! Adding in the rehydrated fruits makes for a moist, dense loaf that's definitely cause for celebration. Get Chef John's recipe for Irish Tea Cake (Barmbrack).