Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins
This tasty bread is not too sweet, very nice toasted, buttered, and served with a hot cup of tea. Barmbrack is the centre of an Irish Halloween custom. The Halloween Brack traditionally contained various objects baked into the bread and was used as a sort of fortune-telling game. In the barmbrack were: a pea, a stick, a piece of cloth, a small coin (originally a silver sixpence) and a ring. Each item, when received in the slice, was supposed to carry a meaning to the person concerned: the pea, the person would not marry that year; the stick, would have an unhappy marriage or continually be in disputes; the cloth or rag, would have bad luck or be poor; the coin, would enjoy good fortune or be rich; and the ring, would be wed within the year. Recipe found at IrishAbroad.com Cook time does not include the overnight soaking of the dried fruit...
- 2 1⁄2 cups mixed dried fruit (currants, dates & raisins)
- 1 cup black tea (heated to boiling)
- 1 egg, slighty beaten
- 1 mixed spice
- 4 teaspoons orange marmalade
- 1 1⁄3 cups sugar
- 2 1⁄2 cups self-raising flour
- Place dried fruit in a bowl, cover with the hot tea and let soak overnight.
- The next day, add the remaining ingredients. and mix well.
- Preheat oven to 375°F Pour batter into greased 7" square pan and bake in the center of oven for 1 1/2 hours.
- Let cool in the pan on a wire rack. Slice and serve buttered with tea.