Sourdough Sunday – Irish Halloween Bread, Barm Brack

Barm Brack is a fruit-full Irish bread traditionally used to tell fortunes at Halloween. Different items are baked into the bread; the person who gets the pea will not marry, the person who gets the stick will have an unhappy marriage, the person who gets a piece of cloth will live a life of poverty, the person who gets a coin will have a future of riches, while the person who gets the ring will marry within the next year.

Sounds like a fun old tradition, that is if you are lucky enough to get the coin or possibly the ring. The other options being too depressing for me, I just added fruit to my version!

Note: The rest of this post has been moved to our new site, Seed to Pantry. Get the recipe there!




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Renee Pottle, an author and heart-healthy educator, loves to explore and write about the Mediterranean Diet. She blogs at and

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  1. snati001 says:

    Love it! I think I will make this on Halloween. Thanks for sharing this!

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