Barm Brack, Irish Yeast-Risen Tea Cake
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Barm Brack, Irish Yeast-Risen Tea Cake
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Last updated 6/12/2012 12:59:40 AM. Recipe ID 22665. Report a problem with this recipe.
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      Title: Barm brack, irish yeast-risen tea cake
 Categories: Live
      Yield: 4 Servings
 
    3/4 c  Milk
    1/2 c  Water
  1 1/2    Envelopes (1 tablespoon)
           Active dry yeast
  1 1/2 c  Unbleached, all-purpose
           Flour
           Dough:
  1 1/2 c  Golden raisins
    1/2 c  Currants
    1/2 c  Diced candied orange or
           Lemon peel, or a
           Combination
      6 tb Soft unsalted butter
    1/3 c  Sugar
      1 ts Salt
    1/2 ts Ground cinnamon
    1/4 ts Freshly grated nutmeg
    1/8 ts Ground cloves
    1/8 ts Ground allspice
      2 lg Eggs
      3 c  Unbleached, all-purpose
           Flour
 
  To make the sponge, in a small saucepan over low flame, heat the milk
  and water until just warm, about 110 degrees. Pour into a small bowl,
  whisk in yeast and stir in flour. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap
  and allow sponge to rise for 30 minutes, or until doubled in bulk.
  
  Combine the raisins, currants and candied peel in a saucepan, cover
  with water and bring to a boil over medium heat. Drain fruit and
  spread it in a single layer on paper towels to cool and dry slightly
  while preparing the dough.
  
  To mix the dough by hand, beat butter with sugar, salt and spices
  until soft and smooth. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then continue
  beating until smooth and light. Stir in sponge and remaining flour.
  Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead it until it is
  smooth and elastic, about
       10    minutes.
  
  To make the dough in a mixer, use a heavy-duty mixer fitted with the
  paddle and beat butter with sugar, salt and spices until soft and
  smooth. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then continue beating until
  smooth and light. Beat in sponge and remaining flour. Continue to mix
  until dough is smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes.
  
  To mix the dough in the food processor, place butter, sugar, salt,
  spices and eggs in work bowl fitted with metal blade. Pulse 10 or 12
  times at 1-second intervals to mix smooth. Remove metal blade and
  attach plastic blade; add sponge and remaining flour and pulse to
  form a dough. Process continuously for 15 seconds.
  
  Place dough in a buttered bowl and cover with buttered plastic wrap,
  butter side down. Allow dough to rise until doubled in bulk, about 1
  hour.
  
  Punch dough to deflate and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface.
  Distribute fruit on dough
  
  and knead it in evenly by continuing to fold dough over onto itself.
  Cover with plastic wrap or a dry towel and allow to rest 30 minutes.
  
  Butter two 8-inch diameter by 2-inch deep cake pans and line the
  bottom of each with a piece of parchment or butter waxed paper, cut
  to fit. Place half the dough in each and press to make tops flat and
  even. Cover pans with buttered plastic wrap or a dry towel and allow
  Bracks to rise until doubled, up to 1 hour.
  
  Once the Bracks have begun to puff visibly, set a rack at the middle
  level of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees. When the Bracks are
  completely risen, bake them for about 45 minutes, or until well risen
  and a deep golden brown. Test by inserting a thin knife or skewer
  near the center; if it is done it will emerge without any raw dough
  clinging to it. Cool on racks for 5 minutes, then unmold and place
  rack on racks to cool completely.
  
  Yield: 2 8-inch cakes, about 20 generous servings
  




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Recipe ID 22665 (Apr 03, 2005)

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