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Food Fare: Irish RecipesSpice Bread

Aran Spiosral

In a bowl, sift the flour with the soda and baking powder; add mixed spice and ginger. Add the brown sugar, chopped peel and raisins. Mix well. Make a well in the center. In a saucepan, melt butter with the syrup over low heat; pour into well in the flour mixture. Add the beaten egg and milk; mix well. Pour into a greased 2-pound loaf pan; bake in a pre-heated oven at 325-degrees F for forty to fifty minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out dry and clean.



Irish "mixed spice" comes pre-packaged from specialty stores, but it might be easier and less expensive to make your own: Grind together 1 small cinnamon stick and 1 tablespoon each cloves, mace, ground nutmeg, coriander seeds and allspice berries. Substitute with pumpkin pie spice or allspice.



Spice Bread is a variation of Barm Brack, and is based on a recipe found at Ireland's Eye.


*Image of Spice Bread ingredients used with kind permission of John Murphy from Ireland's Eye.


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