Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 15m
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"An adaption for an S.B.S. recipe, with a few spices I thought was needed. Tradiitionally, Barmbrack is an Irish fruit cake served around Halloween. It is a Pagan belief dictated that it was on this day that the souls of the dead would return to their earthly homes and when spirits could leave the other world and be seen by humans. This is the day we know as Halloween, a day when many Irish folk celebrate by eating traditional barmbrack bread."

Original is 8 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (213.9 g)
  • Calories 825
  • Total Fat - 32.6 g
  • Saturated Fat - 3.7 g
  • Cholesterol - 113 mg
  • Sodium - 143.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 131.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 4.8 g
  • Sugars - 101 g
  • Protein - 9 g
  • Calcium - 140.4 mg
  • Iron - 2.6 mg
  • Vitamin C - 1.1 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Place all the mixed dried fruit in a bowl and pour over the whiskey and cold tea & allow it all to soak up the liquid overnight.

Step 2

Preheat the oven to 170°C (325°F), Gas Mark 3. Grease and line a 900 gram (2lb) loaf tin.

Step 3

Combine the flour, baking powder, sugar and all the spices in a mixing bowl; then make a well and break in the egg, then using a wooden spoon mix it into the dry ingredients. Adding a little bit of the liquid from the mixed fruit and mix it through. (You are looking for a wet dough, so you will NOT need to not use all the liquid.)

Step 4

Stir in the mixed fruit you are using and stir until everything is thoroughly combined. Spoon the wet dough into your lined loaf tin, & place tin on the middle shelf in the oven; bake for 1 hour.

Step 5

Remove cake from the oven and allow to cool slightly before removing from the loaf tin and placing on a wire rack. When cool, cover in cling film and foil and allow to sit for 1–2 days before cutting into it.

Step 6

Serve Barmbrack in slices, spread with a little whipped butter and enjoy.


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