We used to always have barm brack as kids in our house but we never bought it for the actual bread. All we wanted it for was what was inside, the ring or money, in fact I hated the actual bread as I didn't like dried fruit as child. However as I have gotten older I have learned to really enjoy fruit cakes, I adore hot cross buns, barm brack, Christmas cake and my favourite Christmas pudding there is nothing nicer in this whole wide world. Anyhow back on point with the barm brack, this time I am no longer baking brack for the ring its all about the delish bread. Also its barm not barn, barm was the scummy yeast that would form on brewed ale many years ago that would be used for the brack.
225g Strong white flour
4 dessertspoons of mixed spices ( I used speculaas spices )
7g dried yeast
50g caster sugar
1 large egg mixed
225g of luxury mixed fruit
Honey for glaze
1) Sieve the flour, salt, spices in to a large bowl.
2) Add the butter, sugar and yeast to the bowl rubbing in the butter to breadcrumbs.
3) Heat the milk to tepid temperature 37c, 1 minute in the microwave should be perfect.
4) Add milk to the flour with 1 egg beaten, bringing the dough together with your hands. Tip out on to a lightly floured work surface. The dough will be very wet, if its too wet add some extra flour. Knead for 8 minutes. Now add the fruit and knead for 2 more minutes.
5) Transfer to a 2lb tin and cover with a tea towel for 1 hour allowing to double in size.
6) Preheat the oven to 180c/170c fan/350F/ gas mark 4.
7) Bake for 45 mins till golden brown, like most breads you will know its baked by tapping on the base, it will sound hollow. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack.
8) Glaze all over with honey or marmalade.
Thanks for reading,