Halloween’s Psychic Irish Barmbrack
Barmbrack means “speckled cake”.  It is baked in either a loaf pan or cake pan depending on your family tradition.  The brack foretells the future.  Baked with charms, a piece is served to each member of the family, and your piece may contain a charm which will determine your fate: A coin: good things, hopefully riches, on the way A ring: you’ll be married within the year A snippet of cloth: rags, poverty, bad luck in the year ahead
Halloween’s Psychic Irish Barmbrack
Barmbrack means “speckled cake”.  It is baked in either a loaf pan or cake pan depending on your family tradition.  The brack foretells the future.  Baked with charms, a piece is served to each member of the family, and your piece may contain a charm which will determine your fate: A coin: good things, hopefully riches, on the way A ring: you’ll be married within the year A snippet of cloth: rags, poverty, bad luck in the year ahead
Servings Prep Time
1loaf or cake 20minutes
Cook Time
75minutes
Servings Prep Time
1loaf or cake 20minutes
Cook Time
75minutes
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Heat the fruit and tea in a sauce pan for 15 minutes and then let it cool. Retain the steeped tea to thin the dough if you need it.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350F and grease a large loaf pan or cake pan.
  3. Mix together with the rest of the ingredients (apart from the honey/golden syrup) and stir in the charms which you have wrapped in parchment paper. Mix until combined.  If the dough seems too thick, add some milk or steeped tea.
  4. Bake for 60 minutes or until risen and firm to the touch.
  5. If you like a graze, melt honey or golden syrup and brush over the brack before you are ready to serve.
  6. Serve in slices to your family, but let them know there are charms inside to avoid any possible choking.
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