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B armbrack is an Irish yeasted bread with sultanas and raisins. Usually sold in flattened rounds, it is often served toasted with butter along with a cup of tea in the afternoon. The dough is sweeter than sandwich bread, but not as rich as cake, and the sultanas and raisins add flavour and texture. The yeast used is said to be skimmed from the top of fermenting beer. Barmbrack is part of an Irish Halloween custom and contained various objects baked into the bread used as a sort of fortune-telling game. In the barmbrack are a pea, a stick, a piece of cloth, a small coin (originally a silver sixpence) and a ring. Barmbracks were famously mentioned in the Van Morrison song ‘A Sense of Wonder' and in James Joyce Dubliners.

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