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Barm Brack
Sun 4-Nov-12
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Danny
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I had completely forgotten about this Irish halloween traditional cake until I saw it in Waitrose under the Rankin label.

Not sure if they are still stocking it but I would urge you to try it. It's sort of like a sweet malt bread (but it's not) with loads of fruit. The Rankin offering was exactly as I remembered it from my childhood - tasty and more-ish.

Back then there would be traditional additions - like a ring (you will be married within a year), a rag (poverty beckons), a stick (you will be a fighter) and so on. I can't remember the others. It was good fun. The Rankin one does not have them of course. Can you imagine the litigation if somebody choked on the rag!

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Sun 4-Nov-12
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Lovely to hear from you Dan! That was a blast from the past, haven't had Barm Brack for years. An old aunt used to make it. I love all fruit cakes and that was a definite favourite. Off now to find a recipe!

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Sun 4-Nov-12
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A ring or a coin would be bad enough if you crunched on it (or swallowed them inadvertently!), but don't think I fancy eating a cake with rag or a stick in it!eeek

Barm brack.....hmm, heard of it but never eaten it.  Wonder if it's easy to make?  (must go and google).

The Rankin one ought to be good.....he's a well-known Irish chef isn't he?  Wouldn't do his reputation much good if it wasn't a success.

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Sun 4-Nov-12
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So, having just googled, it's a rich fruity tea bread with the fruit soaked in (Irish!) black tea overnight.....husband will love it.  I've made tea bread in the past, but not for ages I must admit.  Can't make any today, not enough fruit left.....should have bought extra last time, seeing as the price has probably now shot up in view of the imminent arrival of C*!!! doh

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Sun 4-Nov-12
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So good to have Danny back!  Shan't be making barm brack at the moment.  We are trying to avoid eating between meals and if there is cake it's too much temptation.

Mon 5-Nov-12
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Mmm - Barm Brack is good - I have made it before, but then I love all fruit cakes! smile

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Me too, used to make a tea bread that was lovely sliced and buttered. I can feel a revival coming on!

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Love it, you can get something similar a Yorkshire Tea Loaf, not quite as good as Barm Brack, of which i had some while i was in Ireland a couple of weeks ago. Nice to hear from you Danny, was starting to worry that the work had got to you!

Mon 5-Nov-12
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Well, what great responses - but if you have not tasted it, do go and try it.

We never had the English Tea At 4 thing back home but suddenly I love it - with three slices of non-fattening <joke> barm brack with half an in inch of butter on each slice.

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Tue 6-Nov-12
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I have made this in the past.  But I prefer Parkin.

I'll try that again!

Tue 6-Nov-12
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Mmm - parkin is good, too ...... lots of ideas going on here ...... might have to cook something whistle

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Bumping this because of a request for a recipe.

Haven't Googled for one yet but any suggestions welcome.

BTW, all of the additional items would have been wrapped in greaseproof paper - pretty difficult to miss !!

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Wed 15-Oct-14
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Two years since you started this thread and you are still waiting for a recipe? 

I'll try that again!

Wed 15-Oct-14
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I shall reward your patience:  Barm Brack.

Tip - no need to wait 8 hours for the fruit to soak, zap it for one or two minutes in a microwave oven.

I'll try that again!

Wed 15-Oct-14
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Why stop at tea for soaking - adding something a bit stronger does wonders!! whistle

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