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Barmbrack- A Traditional Irish Recipe

Updated on April 24, 2014

Barmbrack is a traditional Irish bread made with tea soaked fruit. If you are looking for a special bread recipe, this is one to try. Serve with butter and a pot of tea or enjoy with a holiday feast.

Throughout history Barmbrack was usually baked for Halloween and included charms placed in the batter, each with its own meaning. The highlight was finding a charm in a slice of bread. Typical charms may have been be a coin for wealth or a ring for marriage.

Serving Size

Serves: Makes 1 Loaf


  • 2 cups strong brewed tea
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups self rising flour
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1 egg


  1. Combine tea, raisins, dates and brown sugar in a large bowl and let sit overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°.
  3. Grease a 1 lb. loaf pan.
  4. Add remaining ingredients, mixing well.
  5. Pour batter into pan and bake for 1 1/2 hours or until toothpick comes out clean.


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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I've had this once but never made it on my own. Thanks for the recipe.