Irish Barmbrack

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      “Barmbrack is a traditional Irish cake eaten on holidays. After pouring into the prepared pan, it is tradition to add objects to the barmbrack which symbolize certain things for the person who receives each in their slice. Thoroughly clean objects before adding them to the barmbrack.

      These objects can be pressed into the bottom of the loaf after baking instead: coin-wealth or good fortune; ring-will marry within the year; bean-poverty; pea-will not marry within the year; matchstick-unhappy marriage; thimble-single for life.”

      serves 12

      INGREDIENTS (Nutrition)
      2 1/2 cups chopped dried mixed fruit
      1 1/2 cups hot brewed tea
      2 1/2 cups flour
      1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
      1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
      1/2 teaspoon baking soda
      1 egg
      1 1/2 cups sugar
      1/4 cup lemon marmalade
      1 teaspoon grated orange zest

      DIRECTIONS
      Soak the dried fruit in the hot tea for 2 hours, then drain and gently squeeze out excess tea.
      Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9 inch Bundt pan. Stir together the flour cinnamon, nutmeg, and baking soda; set aside.
      Beat the egg, sugar, marmalade, orange zest, and tea-soaked fruit until well combined.

      Gently fold in the flour until just combined, then pour into the prepared Bundt pan.
      Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour or until the top of the cake springs back when lightly pressed. Allow to cool in the pan for 2 hours before removing. Continue to cool to room temperature on a wire rack.

      Press the objects of choice into the cake through the bottom before serving.

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