The Barm Brack or Báirín Breac as it is called in Irish (means speckled loaf) is a traditional sweet Halloween bread. It is to be found in supermarkets and bakeries all over the country. Our ancestors, the Celts would practice many fortune telling games and traditions during the festival of Samhain. The Barm Brack is a sweet bread made from fruits and spices. As a child growing up in Ireland, I can recall eagerly awaiting a slice of this brack. This sweet loaf, held my future in it's hands as there were several trinkets baked inside. As a young girl, I wanted the ring. Each trinket held a meaning. The pea meant poverty, the bean meant wealth. If you got the ring you were to meet your man or future husband that year. Sadly if you got the rag, it meant you would wear rags and if you got the stick it meant strife or trouble. To us, it was all a bit of fun and the sheer excitement watching and waiting only added to the Halloween atmosphere. You can wrap a few pieces if you like in parchment paper and place them in the batter. This loaf is at it's absolute best if you soak the fruits the night before in the cold tea and sugar.