Barm Brack

Barm Brack


Barm Brack, or Brack, is one of Ireland's favorite sweet cakes. Originally baked for Halloween it has become a year round favorite. At Halloween coins, rings, tiny shamrocks or horseshoes, are baked in the Brack and are a harbinger of marriage, good fortune to the person who received the trinket in their slice of Brack. This is a very light airy delicious cake.Ingredients:


Yeast Mixture:

  • 1 tsp Dried Yeast (or Square of Fresh Yeast)
  • 3 tbsp Milk, Tepid
  • 1 ½ tbsp Sugar


  • 4 cups Flour
  • 1 ¼ cups Milk
  • ¼ cup Butter
  • ¼ cup Granular Sugar
  • ¼ tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ cups Raisins
  • 1 cup Currants

Now Let’s Get Started:

Pre heat oven to 400

Yeast Mixture:
Step #1: Using a spoon, mix together yeast, milk and sugar in a small bowl
Step #2: Leave in a warm place until it is quite foamy

Step #1: Grease a deep 9” round baking tin
Step #2: Combine flour, nutmeg, sugar and salt into a bowl and leave in a warm place
Step #3: Melt butter and add milk and heat to room temperature
Step #4: Add butter mixture to the liquid yeast
Step #5: Add beaten egg (all but 2 tbsp) to yeast mixture
Step #6: Add the liquid mixture to the dry mixture, combine to a soft dough
Step #7: Knead dough well on a floured board until elastic like
Step #8: Sprinkle a little flour on bottom of your bowl and return the dough mixture, cover with a damp cloth and leave in a warm place for 50 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size
Step #9: Turn the dough on to a floured board and gradually knead in the raisins and currants Step #10: Put dough into baking tin
Step #11: Cover with a damp cloth, put in a warm place for about 20 minutes
Step #12: Brush the top with the retained 2 tbsp of beaten egg
Step #13: Bake at 400o for 50 minutes or until tester comes out clean
Step #14: Cool on a wire rack

Be Sweet. Be Tempted. ~ Chef Maeve

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