Irish Barmbrack for #BreadBakersKnown as Bara Brith in Wales and Brack or Barmbrack in Ireland, this is a tea bread loaded with dried fruits. There are modern versions that use chemical leaveners (baking powder, baking soda, self rising flour) which I have already demonstrated in the Welsh version here. To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this month, today I am presenting the more traditional yeast risen version of Irish Barmbrack for #BreadBakers.

What does St. Patrick’s Day mean to you? For me, it used to mean freezing my butt off marching in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade down 5th avenue when I was in the high school band. Then in college it meant drinking the night away in an Irish pub after a meal of Shephard’s pie. As I got older, the drunk people starting in the am hours on the subway got on my nerves and now I head straight home to avoid them. During all the different phases of my youth how I celebrated St. Patrick’s Day, good Irish food is something that I could always appreciate at any age. Check out the links below for some of my other Irish recipes:

Irish Soda Scones

Colcannon

Potato Apple Cake

Basic Scones

Irish Lamb Stew

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This month’s #BreadBakers theme hosted by Wendy is St. Patty’s Day, so that means something Irish or green. Don’t forget to check the breads posted by my other bread baking buddies posted on the bottom of the page!

#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all our of lovely bread by following our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated after each event on the #BreadBakers home page.

We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient. If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send Stacy an email with your blog URL to foodlustpeoplelove@gmail.com.

BreadBakers

Irish Barmbrack is perfect for breakfast with some cheese, preserves and coffee.

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Irish Brack for #BreadBakers
This heavily spiced fruit packed bread is perfect for breakfast or brunch.
Irish Barmbrack for #BreadBakers
Cuisine Irish
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Passive Time 2 1/2 hours
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Cuisine Irish
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Passive Time 2 1/2 hours
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Irish Barmbrack for #BreadBakers
Instructions
  1. Combine dried fruits including cranberries in a bowl. Pour tea over the fruit and mix to combine. Leave overnight.
  2. Strain and squeeze out as much liquid out of the fruit as possible.
  3. In a small bowl, heat 1 cup of water to 115 – 120 F. Sprinkle yeast on top. Leave for 5-10 minutes, until foamy.
  4. In a large bowl, combine 2 ½ cups of the flour with the spices, salt and sugar.
  5. Add butter and proofed yeast. Using the dough hook attachment of an electric mixer, knead until you have a shaggy dough. Add another cup of flour and knead for 5 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic.
  6. Add the fruit and knead until it is well incorporated into the dough. Add an additional cup of flour and knead until well incorporated.
  7. Spray a 10” springform pan with non stick spray. Place dough in cake pan. Cover with plastic wrap sprayed with non stick spray and a tea towel. Leave to rise until doubled, about 2 – 2 ½ hours.
  8. Preheat oven to 350 F. Bake for 50-60 minutes, until loaf sounds hollow when tapped.
  9. Brush the top with the warm honey and bake for 3 minutes more.
    Irish Brack
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