Ellen Bales


This is one of Ireland's most popular bakery products. It's a Halloween tradition and also eaten at tea time or on St. Patrick's Day. It bears a striking resemblance to our own fruitcake.
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Makes 2 loaves
2 Hr 30 Min
30 Min


1 stick
active dry yeast
1 1/2 c
lukewarm water
4 Tbsp
plus 1 tsp. sugar for yeast
3 1/3 c
all purpose flour
1 pinch
4 Tbsp
butter (1/2 stick)
1 1/2 c
1/2 c
mixed candied peel
2 Tbsp
eggs, beaten


1Place the yeast in a bowl of lukewarm water, add the tsp. of sugar, stir and leave to one side.
2In a large bowl, combine flour, butter and salt with a pastry blender until it forms sand-like crumbs. Do not allow the butter to become too warm.
3Add the peel, raisins and the remaining sugar and stir to combine.
4Make a well in the center of the flour mixture, add the beaten eggs and the yeast mixture. Work the mixture together to form a soft dough.
5Knead the dough on a floured work top for 10 minutes until smooth and pliable. Place the dough back into the bowl. Cover with a clean tea cloth and leave in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size (about 1 hour).
6Return the dough to the worktop, divide in 2, knead each half for another few minutes and then form into a round approximately 7". Place on a greased baking sheet and leave to rise for another hour.
7Bake in a preheated 400-degree oven for 30 minutes, until golden brown.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Sweet Breads
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Irish
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: For Kids, Healthy