Halloween, the pre-Christian Celtic festival of Samhain, was a harvest festival celebrated with fruit, nuts and a colcannon dinner and of course Barmbrack
Easy Recipe for Barmbrack bairín breac (speckled bread)
370 gm mixed dry fruit .. I happen to have a lot of cranberries in the house.
225 gm flour.
Or Gluten free..125 gm oat flour & 100 gm gluten free flour.
125 gm brown sugar
Soak the fruit over night…(use tea or whiskey if you want to be super traditional) then mix all ingredients together
Works very well gluten free…just replace the flour with half oat flour & half gluten free flour.
Preheat the oven to 170C/340°/Gas Mark 3, and grease and line a 900g loaf tin.
Spoon the mixture in, and bake for one hour on the middle shelf
You can add a ring to the mix and whoever finds it will get married soon, a coin means you’ll be rich,
You’re meant to keep it for a couple of days before eating but we had to have a taste…..