READY IN: 1hr 40mins
Recipe by loof751

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 Cook time does not include the overnight soaking of the dried fruit...

Top Review by Emmet O.

I can't believe I'm the first to review this recipe. It taste exactly like I remember from my childhood am so happy I found this recipe. My mother made beautiful Bracks and Puddings and Christmas cakes and this is up there with them. You have to make this you wont be disappointed, so glad I did.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place dried fruit in a bowl, cover with the hot tea and let soak overnight.
  2. The next day, add the remaining ingredients. and mix well.
  3. Preheat oven to 375°F Pour batter into greased 7" square pan and bake in the center of oven for 1 1/2 hours.
  4. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack. Slice and serve buttered with tea.

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