For this grand day itself, I've made Barmbrack or somehow more commonly misspelled as Barnbrack. This Irish, tea infused mixed fruit bread (usually yeasted but not in the recipe I'm about to give you!) are usually served toasted and spread with a good layer of butter. They are served during tea time and with tea of course, though coffee would do too!
Barmbrack taste very much like Christmas Pudding or Christmas Fruitcake to me. I first tasted Barmbrack, 3 years ago in a friend's place. She invited me over for a Halloween party and they had Barmbrack on the table. The cool thing and fun part about eating Brambrack is that it contains various objects baked along the bread and it was pretty fun digging into your slice of thick sliced Barmbrack and see what you'll find in it.
In the barnbrack were: a pea, a stick, a piece of cloth, a small coin (originally a silver sixpence) and a ring. Each item, when received in the slice, was supposed to carry a meaning to the person concerned: the pea, the person would not marry that year; the stick, "to beat one's wife with", would have an unhappy marriage or continually be in disputes; the cloth or rag, would have bad luck or be poor; the coin, would enjoy good fortune or be rich; and the ring, would be wed within the year.
My Irish friend, they have this sorta Brambrack thing during Christmas too! In the Christmas Pudding, they added in lots of old pennies and coins. No stick because it once jolted grandpa's tooth away! But things like pea and just lots and lots of pennies, I don't know why really. But I had fun digging through both her family's Brambrack and Christmas Pudding!
Barmbrack (Irish Mixed Fruits Tea Bread)
I hope you will like this recipe and enjoy it as much as I did. Happy Halloween and spook and creep yourself out by watching Paranormal Activities along with lots of Halloween food!