IT WILL soon be time for Halloween. When I lived in southern Ireland many years ago, October 31 (All Hallows Eve) was very popular with all the children in the village where we lived.
Of course I would have laid by a few bags of lollies, and when they ran out I would offer apples to the would-be scary creatures. It was a great deal of fun all round.
I notice over the last few years that Halloween has become very popular here in Australia, too, although we don’t get may “trick or treaters”.
This Barm Brack is really a tea bread and it was the traditional cake made in Ireland at Halloween. It is very simple to make and quite delicious. I hope you enjoy it.
500 grams of dried mixed fruit
185ml of strong hot black tea
125 grams of soft brown sugar
125 grams of plain flour
¾ teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon of nutmeg
Pinch of ground cloves
- Mix the fruit and hot tea and leave for 3 hours or overnight.
- Preheat the oven to 160 degrees.
- Grease and line a 25x11cm loaf tin.
- Stir the egg and sugar into the fruit and tea mix.
- Sift the flour and baking powder with the spices.
- Add to the fruit mix, stirring to combine.
- Bake for 1 hour and 35 mins until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out dry.
- Serve buttered if desired.
- This loaf freezes well.