Irish Halloween Barmbrack Tea Cake
October 14, 2014
This Irish barmbrack tea cake recipe is often baked for Hallowe'en. I call it a cake but it really falls between cake and bread. Previously we've bought one however this year we saw a recipe by Domini Kemp in a magazine and thought we'd give it a go.
Once cooled the barmbrack is best enjoyed cut in slices and buttered with a nice cup of tea.
- Prep: 25 mins
- Cook: 3 hrs
3 hrs 25 mins
- Yields: 20 slices - or so!
As with most of our baking, the kids did pretty much everything apart from putting the cake into, and taking it out of, the oven. They love using the scales to measure out the ingredients and of course mixing the ingredients and 'cleaning' the mixing bowl.
Traditionally various items were placed into the mixture just before baking that were used for fortune telling. The items were a pea, stick, coin and ring and each had a different meaning when someone found them in a slice they had been served. The meanings were apparently as follows:
- Pea - the person wouldn't marry within a year
- Stick - the person would have an unhappy marriage
- Ring - the person would get married within a year
- Coin - the person would become rich
Quite what would happen if the same person got the pea and the ring I'm not sure!
We're not superstitious but, for a bit of fun, we put in a coin and metal ring we'd got in a shop-bought barmbrack a few years ago.