Halloween Barmbrack

Each slice of this delicious barmbrack can tell your future
Perfect for Halloween party fun!

Barmbrack is the popular fruit loaf from Ireland. At Halloween a particularly special Halloween brack was produced. To this was added a variety of lucky charms which were alleged to foretell the future of the person who found them in their slice of this delicious Halloween treat.

  • Dried pea - No marriage that year
  • Small stick - Arguments, disputes or an unhappy marriage
  • Piece of rag - Bad luck, poverty.
  • Coin - Good fortune
  • Ring - Married within a year
  • Religious token - Enter the priesthood or become a nun
Why not make a Halloween Brack for your party and include the traditional lucky charms , or add some of your own invention.

Halloween Barmbrack Recipe


  • 450g Strong bread flour
  • 350g Sultanas
  • 50g Butter
  • 50g Sugar 15g Fresh yeast (soften the yeast with a little tepid) water
  • 1 Egg
  • 280ml Milk (at room temperature)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Pinch of salt

For the topping:

  • 1tbsp Butter
  • 1tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Mixed spice

Soak the sultanas in the lemon juice topped up with some tepid water for about 1 hour then drain off the liquid.

Put the flour, sugar, butter, milk, yeast and beaten egg into a bowl and mix together with a spatula until they are combined.

Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for about 15 minutes (you could also use the dough hook on a food processor). Kneading gives the dough elasticity.

Place the dough in a bowl and cover with a warm damp tea towel or cling film. Place in a warm draught free place and leave to prove (rise) for about an hour.

Turn out again onto a floured board carefully adding the soaked fruit as you knock it back (knead again). When the fruit is spread throughout the dough add your Halloween charms.

Place in a 20 cm buttered cake tin, making sure no charms are poking out. Cover with a damp tea towel and leave to prove again for about 20 minutes.

Then bake in the centre of the oven (preheated to 200C) for about 50 minutes.

Prepare the spiced butter topping by simply mixing the spices into the fat. When the brack is cooked immediately spread this on top so that it melts and soaks into the top.

You can serve the barmbrack at any Halloween party or event. Hope your future is the one you hoped for!

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