This delicious loaf is a glorious treat from the haunted side of the Emerald Isle. Irish Halloween Bread is full of outstanding flavors. A hidden coin offers the lucky finder good luck (and hopefully no broken teeth).
Barm Brack

Irish Barm Brack
Recipe type: Breads
Cuisine: Irish
Serves: 1 loaf
Large 1 1/2 pounds Loaf:
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3 Cups bread flour
  • 3 Tablespoons powdered milk
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1/3 Cup sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons grated orange zest
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/4 Cups water
  • 3/4 Cup currants
  • 3/4 Cup golden raisins
  • 1 coin wrapped in foil
Small 1 pound Loaf:
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 Cups bread flour
  • 2 Tablespoons powdered milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 Cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons grated orange zest
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 Cup plus 2 Tablespoons water
  • 1/2 Cup currants
  • 1/2 Cup golden raisins
  • 1 coin wrapped in foil
  1. Add all ingredients except the currants, raisins and the coin in the order suggested by your bread machine manual and process on the bread cycle according to the manufacturer's directions.
  2. At the beeper (or at the end of the first kneading in the Panasonic, National and Sanyo) add the currants and raisins and continue on the bread cycle.
  3. Grease the outside of the foil-wrapped coin. During the final rising, at least 10 minutes before the bread begins to bake, gently insert the wrapped coin into the center of the loaf so that it is just under the surface. Make sure the lid of the machine is closed and continue the bread cycle.
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FROM: The Best Bread Machine Cookbook Ever - Ethnic Breads by Madge Roseberg. ISBN 0-06-017093-X Copyright 1994.

Traditionally the baker hides a coin in this sweet bread. Some say it will bring good luck, others swear it will bring ghostly visitations.

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