Meaning of barmbrack in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbɑːmbrak/


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

    ‘Monday, October 20 is the closing date for receipt of entries for baking competition, Hallowe'en barmbrack and afternoon tea event.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The trick to making a Barm Brack is soaking the fruit over night in the tea.’
    • ‘Several foods are traditionally eaten on All Hallow's Eve, especially colcannon and barmbrack.’
    • ‘Fortune-telling aside, barmbrack is delicious anytime of the year, and is best when served warm with butter.’
    • ‘Apart from the Barm Brack, we don't really have any special foods but apples and nuts are always on the table.’
    • ‘Many barmbrack recipes call for "mixed spice".’
    • ‘Try our delicious barmbrack recipe from our Irish St. Patrick's day collection.’
    • ‘Perhaps the most distinctive Irish cake is the 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".’
    • ‘Arrange the Barmbrack on a serving dish and top with the peaches, cranberries and orange sauce.’
    • ‘The traditional Halloween cake in Ireland is the barnbrack which is a fruit bread.’


From Irish bairin breac ‘speckled cake’.