1# mixed dried fruit( raisins, golden raisins, sultanas)
1 strong pot of Irish tea (constant comment works great)
1/2 cup room temperature milk
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp active dry yeast
2 cups all-purpose flour
Soak the fruit in the tea over night. Combine the yeast, sugar and milk and allow to form bubbles(activating the yeast), sift the flour, with the remaining sugar, spices and cut in the butter with a pastry cutter. Make a well in the center and add your activated yeast and the beaten egg, and mix until a soft dough forms. Knead in the fruit until well incorporated. Place the dough in a well greased bowl and let rise for an hour. Knead again lightly and form into loaf pans and let rise an additional 30 minutes. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with pearl sugar and bake at 400F for 35 to 45 minutes or until when tapped it will sound hollow. Serve with butter and wonderful hot herbal tea.