Barmbrack, Báirín Breac or Tea Brack is somewhere between a fruit cake and a tea bread. The Brack is a traditional Halloween bake that would have small items, such as a coin to represent wealth, a piece of cloth to represent poverty, a ring to represent marriage, wrapped and stirred into the mix before being baked. Nowadays store bought bracks tend to just have a toy ring included.
My brack just contains fruit! It is free of eggs, dairy, added fat, low in added sugar and is full of flavour.
350g Dried Fruit of your choice
250g Wholemeal Spelt Flour
2tsp Baking Powder
1tsp Mixed Spice
50 ml Maple Syrup
2 Flax Eggs*
*A flax egg is made by mixing one tablespoon of milled flaxseeds (also known as linseed) with three tablespoons of water and leaving it to sit for a few minutes.
- The evening before you intend to make your brack, add the fruit to a bowl, pour the tea over and leave it to soak until the next day.
- Pre-heat the oven to 160 Fan and prepare a loaf tin.
- Prepare the flax eggs and set aside.
- Add the flour to a mixing bowl and sieve in the baking powder and mix spice.
- Make a well in the centre. Add the fruit and all the liquid, the maple syrup and the flax eggs. Mix together thoroughly.
- Add the mixture to the loaf tin and bake for one hour. Cool on a wire rack.
You can serve this up anywhere safe in the knowledge that it’s suitable for the majority of diets, but do bear in mind that spelt flour is not gluten free so it is not suitable for anyone with coeliac disease.