Irish Barmbrack

To celebrate St Patrick’s Day in style we decided to try something a little different! Barmbrack is a traditional Irish loaf, usually served at Halloween. This treat will no doubt be eaten quickly but will keep for about 10 days if needed.

Toast a slice and lather it in butter for an extra indulgence!

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Irish Barmbrack


  • 225g strong white flour
  • 2 tbsp mixed spice
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 25g butter
  • 1 x 7g sachet fast-action yeast
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 150ml lukewarm milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 200g mixed dried fruit
  • 25g chopped mixed candied peel


  1. Mix the sifted flour, mixed spice and salt in a bowl
  2. Add the butter, yeast and sugar. Beat together
  3. Add the lukewarm milk to the flour mixture
  4. Add one beaten egg
  5. Mix until dough forms
  6. Knead for 8 minutes by hand or for 5 minutes in the mixer
  7. Add the dried fruit/mixed peel and knead for another 2 minutes to combine
  8. Transfer dough into tin
  9. Cover with a light tea towel and leave to prove for 1 hour, or until doubled in size
  10. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4
  11. Remove the covering and bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown
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