Since we were celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this weekend, and having Irish roots…and an Irish husband, I thought I should try a new recipe: Traditional Irish Barmbrack.
Elaine Lemm, chef and restauranteur in the U.K., described it as moreish cake, meaning you want more…but I have never desired fruit brick in my life. Ever. Let alone more fruit brick. Ever.
Barmbrack, sometimes called brack, is a yeasted loaf of bread with currants, raisins and/or candied peel. It originates from the Gaelic bairín breac, meaning speckled loaf. Traditionally it is eaten on St. Patrick’s Day and Halloween, but may be enjoyed on other occasions, and always served with tea and salted butter. Ireland continues to be the largest tea consumer per capita in the world, and cups of tea punctuate both daily routine and social occasions.
Life is like a cup of tea, it’s all in how you make it – Irish Proverb