Halloween Tea BarmBrack

This recipe for Halloween Tea BarmBrack is delicious any time of the year!  I usually serve it cold sliced, it’s delicious with butter, although you won’t be able to resist a warm slice when you smell it.  It keeps for 2 weeks wrapped in an airtight container.  But I guarantee it won’t last that long – I always double the recipe and make 2 at a time having made 100’s over the last 30 years!


Stage 1

  • 12 fl.oz (350ml) cold strong tea
  • 7 oz (200g) Dark Brown sugar
  • 12 oz (350g) mixed fruit (sultanas, raisins, currants)
  • 1 tsp mixed spice

Stage 2

  • 10 oz (300g) self-raising flour
  • 1 egg
  • Prep time : 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Oven setting: temp 170 C / 350 F – gas mark 4


Stage 1: Put tea, sugar, dried fruit and mixed spice in a large bowl, cover with cling film and leave to soak overnight.

TIP Teapot tea that has been left over during the day can be used or make up to 10 oz and add ice to 12oz cool quickly.

Stage 2: Well grease an 8-inch round cake tin, or a 2-lb loaf tin.

TIP Use butter or oil not margarine or spreads as it tends to burn or line with Parchment / Baking Paper.

Mix the soaked fruit and sugar and spice mixture well add flour and stir in well with large spoon

Add the beaten egg to make a smooth mixture.

Turn into the greased or lined tin and add coins / rings or other wrapped items (use Parchment Paper) into the mixture if desired at this stage. Beware of adding items with young children as they  may be a possible choking hazard.

Bake in a moderate oven 170 C for about 1 hour 40 minutes

TIP Use a skewer to test, it should pull out cleanly when cooked.

Turn out and cool on a wire tray.

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Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls