Barmbrack Recipe

Enjoy this great recipe for a seasonal brack during the Halloween festivities.



  • 375g dried fruit
  • 300ml cold tea
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 125g caster sugar
  • honey or Golden Syrup (optional – for decoration)


Soak the fruit in tea overnight, then drain. Mix together with the rest of the ingredients (apart from the honey/golden syrup) and stir in the ring. Don’t over knead the dough, or your delicately re-hydrated fruit will break up.

Line the base of a 20cm round cake tin or 900g loaf tin with greaseproof paper. Grease the tin and pile in the mixture. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 170C for about an hour until risen and firm to the touch.

You can brush melted honey or golden syrup over the brack before cutting. Or glaze the brack with a syrup made from two teaspoons of sugar dissolved in three teaspoons of boiling water.

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