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Old 10-23-2005, 12:54 AM   #1
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REC: Barmbrack (Irish Halloween cake)

This is a traditional Irish cake that often makes an apperance at Halloween! (There are many versions and spellings of its name.) It is simple and relatively fast to whip-up, if you exclude the time needed to soak the first few ingredients. I find as with most loaf cakes it gets better after a day or two.

(In days gone by a gold ring would sometimes be baked into the cake and the lucky finder was said to then become married within the year!)

Barmbrack

First stage

Mix together:
1 cup of sultanas
1 cup of raisins
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup cold tea

Cover these ingredients and leave to soak overnight.

Stage Two

Prepare these ingredients:
1 1/2 cups of flour
1 level teaspoon of baking powder
1 egg beaten
1 teaspoon mixed spice

1. Add the four, baking powder and spice to soaked fruit mixture.

2. Mix in the beaten egg.

3. Spoon into a well greased loaf tin and bake for 1 1/2 hours at 150 degrees Celsius (300 degrees Fahrenheit).

4. When cool brush the top with warmed honey for a glazed surface.

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Old 10-23-2005, 08:21 AM   #2
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This sounds great, IC!
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Old 10-23-2005, 08:50 AM   #3
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Thanks ICadvisor! That's a cut/paste into my files!
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Hi guys,

I am very glad that you like this recipe! On a neat note I noticed that our local super market has a Halloween promotion right now where they are putting a real gold ring valued at 1,000 (Euro) into one of their brambrack loaves for one lucky winner to find! So evidently the Halloween tradition continues. I'd love to find the ring but I don't need any help in the marriage department
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