Barmbrack is traditionally a yeasted Irish fruited loaf. This is a quick bread version, using bicarbonate of soda as the only raising agent. This loaf is studded with moist fruit and fragranced with cinnamon, nutmeg and orange zest. Slice thickly and serve with butter.
This was very good and easy to make. I used a mix of dried fruits that were diced (apples, apricots, raisins, peaches, and pears). I was a little concerned with how thick my batter was when I was making it; I had to scoop out spoonfuls and spread them around my pan. It came out great though and was really good sliced and buttered then broiled for a couple minutes. I will make this again for sure. - 24 Mar 2008 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
I love this recipe. I used a mixture of sultana raisins, dried cranberries and apricots. Great texture and flavour. I also dusted it with icing sugar to finish it off. Pretty and delicious. Thanks Brooke! - 15 Mar 2008 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
I made this tonight for a St. Patrick's Day Party. I followed the recipe exactly. I think that the bake time is much too long though. The bread was very hard after baking for this long. I should have checked it earlier, but my oven is pretty true to temperatures and recipes. Next time I will check the bread sooner. The taste was nice though, a mix between a fruit cake and a spice bread. - 16 Mar 2009 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)