Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Paleo BarmBrack Recipe

Growing up in Ireland Halloween was a great experience the collections for the bomb fire started weeks beforehand, it was so exciting following the big kids around watching them build it. Trick or treat costumes were an choice between a black bag for a witch and a white bag for a ghost with hose cut for eyes, we had our trick or treat bag in hand and went from door to door, there were kids everywhere and the mountain of goodies we came home with was always astounding, you would be set for weeks with tasty treats!
There were so many other traditions I loved from Pumpkin Carving to bobbing for apples, but something that I missed was BarmBrack (Speckled Bread) baked inside were some "special ingredients" and depending on what you might find in your slice foretold what the year ahead had in store for you,

The Special Ingredients

A Ring, meant a wedding within the year
A Small coin, to forecast Wealth
A Piece of Cloth to forecast poverty
A Twig or Match stick to forecast an unhappy marriage
A Thimble to Forecast Spinsterhood
A Button to Forecast Bachelorhood
I even managed to find a 2p piece! Hoarder *Cough*

don't worry if you don't have all of these "ingredients" We usually only had A ring, A coin, the cloth and or the twig. Make sure to clean all the items and then wrap in greased proof paper before adding before popping the Brack into the oven

1 Irish Tea Bag
150 Gm Mixed Dried fruit (I used Cranberries and blueberries)
1 1/2 Cups Almond Flour
2 Tbsp Coconut Flour
1/4 Cup Flax seed meal
1/4 Tsp Salt
1 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
1 Tsp Cinnamon
1/2 Tsp Nutmeg
5 Eggs
1/4 Cup Coconut Oil melted
1 Tbsp Honey


Preheat oven 175C
Place the fruit in a large bowl with the teabag cover with hot water. (Preferably leave to soak over night)
but as little as an hour works, just drain and squeeze out any excess tea
While the fruit is soaking pop the Almond Meal, Coconut Flour, Flax seed, Salt, Baking Soda and Nutmeg in a blender, pulse to blend
Add the eggs, Oil and Honey pulsing to combine fully, making sure you have gotten rid of all the lumps that might be left by the coconut flour
Stir thru the fruit after it has been drained and the excess tea has been squeezed off
pour into a lined loaf or round tin and bake in the oven on the middle rack for approx. 30 mins

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