Barmbrack is a traditional Irish fruitcake. It holds a special place in the hearts of Irish people, especially during festive seasons like Halloween. The tasty treat is made with dried fruits, spices, and sometimes soaked in tea, giving it a distinctive flavor and moist texture.

Barmbrack is not just a delicious dessert but also carries old customs and traditions particularly around Halloween. One such tradition involves baking small objects or trinkets inside the cake before serving it.

Barmbrack card from Exploring Ireland game

Each item symbolizes a specific meaning for the person who finds it in their slice. For example, a ring signifies upcoming romance or marriage, a coin signifies wealth and prosperity, while a pea predicts potential wealth challenges.

Barmbrack slice with butter

This charming custom adds an element of surprise and excitement to the joyous occasion and brings family and friends together to celebrate and share in the festivities of the season.

Check out Mairead’s great recipe for barmbrack here.