Irish Barmbrack Cakes for Halloween

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Jenn Conley

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Barmbrack is one of those traditional Halloween recipes that's both a dessert and a Halloween game. Traditionally, a ring is baked into the cake, and the person who finds the ring in their slice of barmbrack is guaranteed to be married before the year is out.

To make a more modern, kid-friendly version of the barmbrack Halloween game, bake several food friendly (and difficult-to-choke-on) items into your barmbrack. Those who find the items in the barmbrack get a prize. Be sure to warn your guest to eat with care to avoid a Halloween trip to the hospital!

This fluffy fruit bread is generally baked in a round cake pan. An 8 or 9 inch pan works well, but you can also use a loaf pan for a bread-shaped barmbrack.

This turns out best if you leave time to soak the fruit overnight, but don't worry if you can't-- a few hours is fine.

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Prep:
12 Hr
Cook:
50 Min

Ingredients

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2 c
strong, hot black tea
3 1/2 c
mixed dried fruits (raisins, cranberries, dry dates, candied orange peel, etc)
1 c
whole milk
2 tsp
active dry yeast
1 tsp
granulated sugar
3 c
bread flour
1 tsp
salt
1/4 c
brown sugar, packed
1/3 c
butter
1 large
egg, beaten
1/2 tsp
ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp
ground cloves
1/4 tsp
ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp
allspice, ground

How to Make Irish Barmbrack Cakes for Halloween

Step-by-Step

  • 1Soak dried fruits in tea overnight (or a few hours if not enough time).
  • 2Heat milk until warm. Sprinkle yeast and teaspoon granulated sugar over top and stir. Let sit in a warm place about 15 minutes, until foamy.
  • 3Stir together the flour, salt, spices, and brown sugar in a large bowl.
  • 4Make a well in the center of the flour mixture, and add egg, yeast mixture, and butter. Mix well with a wooden spoon.
  • 5Drain fruit well, then add to dough. This should produce a smooth dough. If it's too gooey, add more flour.
  • 6Knead dough on a floured board about 5-10 minutes. Dough should be smooth, but just a little sticky.
  • 7Place dough in your greased cake or loaf pan, cover with a cloth, and let rise in a warm place for 45-60 minutes, until doubled.
  • 8Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake barmbrack 30 minutes.
  • 9Remove bread from the pan, flip it upside down, return it to the pan, and bake 20 minutes more.
  • 10Bread is done cooking it sounds hollow when tapped on the sides.
  • 11Cool on a rack before serving. Sprinkle with powdered sugar or serve with butter and jam.

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About Irish Barmbrack Cakes for Halloween

Course/Dish: Breads, Cakes, Sweet Breads
Other Tag: For Kids




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