Barm Brack

Barm Brack 1


In the spirit of Halloween week there seemed no better choice than to make Barm Brack. This bread is delicious and not too sweet. It is delicious served warm with butter and a lovely cup of tea.  Barm Brack is traditionally served on or around Halloween and what makes this bread so special is the fortune telling game associated with it. Charms are backed into the bread inside wax paper and each charm when found holds a prediction for the person who found it. Here are the charms that may be baked inside and their meanings:

Ring – Will be married within a year

Bean/Piece of Cloth – Poverty

Coin – Wealth

Button – Bachelorhood

Thimble – Spinsterhood

There are many variations on the charms and their meanings and you can even add your own. I took the plane from my son’s Monopoly game and added that too and the receiver,  well they would travel of course. Please warn people that there are charms inside the bread before they bite, broken teeth would ruin all the fun.



  • 1 3/4 cups brewed black tea, cold ( I used Earl Grey)
  • 1 cup  sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups raisins
  • 1 1/4 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp. allspice


1. Grease a loaf pan.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

3.Put the tea and raisins  into a bowl, cover and leave to soak overnight. The next morning the raisins will be very plump and moist.

4. Mix  the flour,  sugar and allspice into the bowl with the tea and raisins.

5.  Mix in the beaten egg and pour into a loaf pan.

6. If you would like to add charms place them in wax paper and add to the batter.

7. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean, approximately 1 hour. Each time I bake this the baking time tends to vary so please keep an eye on the bread. It usually needs a little more time not less.

Barm Brack 2



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