Barmbrack Recipe: A Taste of Irish Tradition

Dish recipes: Barmbrack
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Step into the rich culinary heritage of Ireland with our Barmbrack recipe. Also known as "báirín breac" in Irish, Barmbrack is a traditional Irish fruit loaf that is enjoyed throughout the country, particularly around Halloween. This sweet and spicy bread is studded with dried fruits and often includes a hidden surprise a ring, coin, or other trinket said to predict the future of whoever finds it in their slice. Join us as we explore the flavors and traditions of Ireland with this classic Barmbrack recipe.


2 cups mixed dried fruits (such as raisins, currants, and chopped apricots)

1 cup hot brewed black tea

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 large egg, beaten

1 tablespoon honey or golden syrup


Place the mixed dried fruits in a large mixing bowl and pour the hot brewed black tea over them. Allow the fruits to soak and plump up for at least 1 hour, or overnight for best results. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and line a loaf pan with parchment paper. In a separate mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt. Once the dried fruits have soaked, drain any excess liquid and discard it. Add the brown sugar, beaten egg, and honey or golden syrup to the soaked fruits and mix until well combined. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the fruit mixture, stirring until a thick batter forms. Transfer the batter to the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Bake the Barmbrack in the preheated oven for 50-60 minutes, or until it is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow the Barmbrack to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing and serving.


Barmbrack is traditionally served sliced and spread with butter, accompanied by a cup of tea or coffee. Enjoy it as a delicious snack or as part of a festive Halloween spread. Don't forget to watch for the hidden surprise in your slice it's said to bring good luck to the finder!

Barmbrack is more than just a bread it's a symbol of Irish hospitality and tradition. With its rich flavors and storied history, this classic fruit loaf has been bringing families together in Ireland for generations. Try our authentic recipe and experience the warmth and flavor of Barmbrack for yourself.