It wouldn't be Halloween without a traditional barmbrack. Try this simple recipe & impress your family & friends this halloween break..
180 c - 90minutes
1 large mug of cold strong tea
270g plain flour
80g soft brown sugar
350g mixed raisins and sultanas
1 teaspoon bread soda
1 teaspoon mixed spice
Zest of 1 orange (optional)
Soak the zest, dried fruit and sugar in the tea overnight. Next day beat the egg and add it to the soaked fruits. Sieve the flour, spice and baking soda together, then fold into the soaked fruits mix. Pour the mix into a 7” round non stick loaf tin.
If your putting charms into the cake this is the stage to do it at, but remember to wrap them in grease proof paper and make people aware of their presence before they consume a slice!! The traditional charms used were a coin, a ring, a piece of cloth, a pea, a thimble, a button and a matchstick.
Bake the barmbrack in the oven for 90 minutes. To check that the cake is fully cooked pierce the centre of it with a small knife, if the knife comes out clean you can pop the cake onto a wire rack and enjoy the aroma as the cake cools down. Happy Halloween....