BARMBRACK (IRISH FRUITCAKE)

1
Ellen Bales

By
@Starwriter

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.
Recipe & photo: theday.com

Rating:

☆☆☆☆☆ 0 votes

Serves:
Makes 2 loaves
Prep:
2 Hr 30 Min
Cook:
30 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

  • 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
    salt
  • 4 Tbsp
    butter (1/2 stick)
  • 1 1/2 c
    raisins
  • 1/2 c
    mixed candied peel
  • 2 Tbsp
    sugar
  • 2
    eggs, beaten

How to Make BARMBRACK (IRISH FRUITCAKE)

Step-by-Step

  1. Place the yeast in a bowl of lukewarm water, add the tsp. of sugar, stir and leave to one side.
  2. In 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.
  3. Add the peel, raisins and the remaining sugar and stir to combine.
  4. Make 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.
  5. Knead 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).
  6. Return 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.
  7. Bake in a preheated 400-degree oven for 30 minutes, until golden brown.

Printable Recipe Card

About BARMBRACK (IRISH FRUITCAKE)

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


You May Also Like:



Leave a Comment

24 Quick Bread Recipes That Can Be Made In A Snap

24 Quick Bread Recipes That Can Be Made in a Snap

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Quick bread recipes are great because even a kitchen novice can make them. What makes something a quick bread? There's no yeast in the recipe. With nearly endless flavor combinations,...

Let The Good Times Roll With These Easy Recipes For Mardi Gras

Let the Good Times Roll With These Easy Recipes for Mardi Gras

Kitchen Crew

Mardi Gras begins on the Epiphany (Three Kings Day) and ends on Fat Tuesday which is always the day before Ash Wednesday. It's a festival filled with parades and, of...

15 Simple Banana Bread Recipes

15 Simple Banana Bread Recipes

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

15 banana bread recipes you'll go bananas for!