Barmbrack, "báirín breac" is a traditional Irish fruit cake made at Halloween. A small symbolic object was often baked inside and if you found it, it would foretell your future for the following year.
|Barmbrack Fortune Cake|
- 1 1/2 cups hot brewed tea
- 2 1/2 cups mixed dried fruit
- 2 1/2 cups flour, sifted
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/4 cup lemon or orange marmalade
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon All Spice
- Place the dried fruit in a large bowl and pour over the hot brewed tea, leave to soak for a minimum of 2 hours, preferably leave to soak overnight.
- Preheat oven to 350F/180C/Gas Mark 4 and grease a cake tin.
- In a large bowl add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and All Spice.
- Strain the dried fruit and combine with the sugar, marmalade and beaten egg.
- Fold in the flour and spices into this bowl.
- Spoon the mixture into the greased cake tin and bake in the oven for 1 hour.
- Take the cake out of the oven and leave it to cool for an hour, then transfer it to a wire rack.