Melanie McDonagh

How to make Irish barm brack

This fruited loaf is a staple of Irish Halloween celebrations

  • From Spectator Life

Those of us who grew up with a traditional Halloween, that is to say, in Ireland, don’t have much truck with the contemporary version. The pumpkin-coloured, gore and chocolate fest that has come to Britain via the US is gross by comparison; we had a simple version. We dressed up, but in masks and any old clothes we could lay our hands on.

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