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.
Living in Texas, means I am rather spoiled for choice during the winter months when choosing a pumpkin. I'm afraid I don't have too much patience for carving them to make Jack - o - Lanterns, but I don't mind seeding them to roast pumpkin seeds and cutting them into chunks to make a delicious smooth soup.