Irish Barmbrack

Irish Barmbrack

Irish Barmbrack
This honey-glazed breakfast bread is packed with dried fruit. See the recipe for Irish Barmbrack »Andre Baranowski

This cakey fruit bread has its roots in the ancient Celtic harvest celebration Samhain. While its name, derived from the Irish báirín breac, or "speckled bread", plays on an exterior that's decidedly homely, concealed within the bread are two treasures: a rich, spicy flavor and a cluster of small, parchment-wrapped objects—a dried bean, a piece of cloth, a coin, and a ring—said to be omens for those who find them. The bean portends spinsterhood; cloth signals lean times ahead; the coin, wealth; and the ring promises marriage. This recipe first appeared in our November 20014 issue with Cate Huguelet's article Lucky Charms.