Definition of barmbrack in English:


(also barnbrack)


mass noun
  • A kind of soft, spicy bread containing dried fruit, originating in Ireland where it is traditionally eaten at Halloween.

    • ‘Apart from the Barm Brack, we don't really have any special foods but apples and nuts are always on the table.’
    • ‘The trick to making a Barm Brack is soaking the fruit over night in the tea.’
    • ‘Perhaps the most distinctive Irish cake is the barmbrack.’
    • ‘Several foods are traditionally eaten on All Hallow's Eve, especially colcannon and barmbrack.’
    • ‘For instance, under "food" we find a list of food items that contains all major comestibles specific to Ireland, starting with "barmbrack" and ending with "yellaman".’
    • ‘The ring in a barmbrack, for instance, is a tradition that evolved from that time and meant that you would soon marry, and a piece of straw meant that a prosperous year was ahead.’
    • ‘Monday, October 20 is the closing date for receipt of entries for baking competition, Hallowe'en barmbrack and afternoon tea event.’
    • ‘Arrange the Barmbrack on a serving dish and top with the peaches, cranberries and orange sauce.’
    • ‘Fortune-telling aside, barmbrack is delicious anytime of the year, and is best when served warm with butter.’
    • ‘Also on the table at Halloween are colcannon, a mixture of cabbage or kale and mashed potatoes with a lucky coin placed inside, and barmbrack.’
    • ‘Try our delicious barmbrack recipe from our Irish St. Patrick's day collection.’
    • ‘Many barmbrack recipes call for "mixed spice".’
    • ‘The traditional Halloween cake in Ireland is the barnbrack which is a fruit bread.’


From Irish bairin breac ‘speckled cake’.