Barmbrack Recipe

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Barmbrack is a traditional Irish fruit cake, not unlike a sweet bread and usually made at Halloween. It’s very similar to a tea brack but with the addition of whiskey. This recipe makes a really beautiful, moist loaf, packed with flavour from the mixed spice and dried fruit, which has soaked overnight in cold tea and whiskey. There is another version which includes yeast but I personally feel it’s not as moist as this one.

The fun in making a Barmbrack is deciding what surprises you’ll pop in for people to discover. The ring, the lucky coin, the not so lucky pea or piece of cloth! Let’s keep with the positive vibe and only put in positive charms! Just remember to wrap any additions very well in greaseproof paper!  For me, there’s only one way to eat this …. thickly sliced with lashings of good Irish butter … oh and a cup of tea. Yes indeedeee 😉

Ideally try to make this recipe at least 1 or 2 days before you need it. It needs a little settling time to be perfect for slicing.

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Syrupy Biscuits – Gluten Free Version Available

These yummy biscuits are full of all those childhood taste memories. Golden Syrup, Oats, Condensed Milk, Cornflakes and Custard Powder …. they are just so delicious and the bonus is they literally take minutes to make, less than 15 mins in the oven and a bit of cooling time.

I adapted the recipe to make it Gluten Free but I’ll list it as given and put the gluten free options and additions in brackets. They will last for up to a week in an airtight container.

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Apple Cake

Cannot recommend this recipe highly enough! It’s a Bord Bia award winning recipe. It’s simple and gorgeous and I can’t say enough about it. So light, so lovely, so perfect for afternoon tea, morning coffee …. oh anything really!

No mixer needed, no special ingredients … just pure and simple perfection! You may have guessed, I’m a fan 😉

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Mixed Berry Drizzle Loaf Cake

Such a delicious loaf cake which is easily adapted to whatever berries you have in your fridge. The only ones not to use are strawberries as they go totally mushy and will ruin the cake. You still want to be able to bite into bits of berries with each slice.

The sugary berry coating on top finishes it beautifully with bright, jewel colours and a little crunch!

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Banoffee Bites

If you love Banoffee Pie but don’t have time to make the traditional version, here’s a very quick, very simple, no bake recipe which will fit the bill perfectly and the bonus is they are surprisingly light so you don’t feel very full after one or two 😉

You only need 4 ingredients, some freezer time and a quick 60 seconds in the microwave. What could be easier?!

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