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Video:How to Make Barm Brack

with Stephanie Gallagher

Barm brack is traditionally served on Halloween, but this recipe is too good to make just once a year! Watch this how-to video from About.com to see tips for making it on your own.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Barm Brack

Hi, I'm Stephanie Gallagher for About.com, and today, we're making barm brack from our British and Irish Food site.

Ingredients for Barm Brack

For this recipe, you will need:

  • 1 Tbsp. dried yeast
  • 1-1/2 cups/300ml lukewarm water
  • 2 oz/50g + 1 extra tsp. sugar
  • 1 lb./450g all-purpose/plain flour
  • 2 oz/50g butterpinch salt
  • 6 oz/175g raisins
  • 2 oz/50g candied orange or lemon peel or a combination of candied citrus peels
  • 2 eggs, beaten

Instructions for Making Barm Brack

Add the yeast to the luke warm water, add 1 teaspoon of sugar, and stir them together. Now set aside. Place the flour in a large baking bowl. Add the salt and butter. Use your fingertips to work the butter into the flour. You want it to form crumbs that look almost like sand. Now add the raisins and candied peel, and stir them in. Make a well in the center, and add the beaten eggs and the yeast mixture. With your hands, bring the mixture together to form soft dough.

Now knead the dough on a floured surface for about 10 minutes until it becomes smooth and pliable. Place it back in the bowl. Cover with a clean kitchen towel, and leave in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size, about an hour. Now take the dough out and divide in half. Knead each half for another few minutes and form into a round loaf, about 7 inches/20 cm wide. Place the loaves on a greased baking sheet, cover, and let rise for another hour. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F/200C. Now bake for 30 minutes. Eat at tea time, topped with butter. Thanks for watching.

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