Potato Barm Brack

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Appears in

The Potato Year: 300 Classic Recipes

The Potato Year

By Lucy Madden

Published 2015

  • About

Barm Brack is an Irish cake traditionally eaten at Hallowe’en. Potato is not normally an ingredient but gives it a respectable chewiness.


  • 8 oz (225 g) potatoes, cooked and puréed
  • 1 lb (450 g) self-raising flour
  • 8 oz (225 g) sugar
  • 2 teaspoons mixed spice
  • 6 oz (175 g) sultanas
  • 2 oz (50 g) raisins
  • 2 oz (50 g) glacé cherries, quartered
  • 10 fl oz (275 ml) milk


    In a large bowl mix the potatoes with all the dry ingredients and lastly stir in the milk.

    Grease an 8-inch (20 cm) ring tin and spoon the mixture into this. Bake at gas mark 4/350°F/180°C for 1 hour or until firm to the touch. Cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out and serve warm in slices with butter.