Barm brack

The Barm Brack

Barm brack

Every Halloween it’s the same thing: the Irish dress in scary costumes, wander through the streets in search of treats, and devour full slices of Barm Brack! Such is the fate of this typically Irish cake, served every October 31st to the delight of the gourmands! Presentation of this rather scary cake!

The Barm Brack

A special Halloween cake

The Barm Brack is a kind of cake filled with raisins, savoured for breakfast or as a snack with a good cup of Irish tea. Very simple to make, it is advisable to respect a tradition before serving it: one hides a ring and a penny in the dough, a little like the bean of a galette des rois.

According to custom, the person who finds the ring has a good chance of getting married within a year, while the person who finds the penny has every reason to hope to make his or her fortune soon. A nice tradition, which can only make the moment friendly!

Barm Brack recipe


  • 500 g flour
  • 350 cl of milk
  • 110 g caster sugar
  • 30g baker’s yeast
  • 80 g candied fruit
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 egg
  • 90 g smyrn grapes
  • 90 g black raisins
  • 70 g butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 pinches of salt


  • Mix the flour, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon in a bowl.
  • Add the softened butter.
  • In a bowl, mix the yeast with the milk, and add the sugar.
  • Pour the mixture into the flour, adding the remaining sugar.
  • Stir for a few minutes.
  • Then add the raisins and candied fruit.
  • Leave to rest under a damp cloth for 2 hours.
  • Place the dough in a buttered cake tin, adding the clean, washed penny and a ring.
  • Bake for 1 hour at 200°C.
  • Serve lukewarm, with butter, and a good tea!

Barm Brack

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