from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- noun A currant-bun.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- noun An Irish yeasted bread with sultanas and raisins.
Nowadays, a barmbrack can be bought in the supermarket but doesn't usually contain all of the above-listed items -- many cakes only contain a ring.
Another food associated with this festival is fruitcake or bairin breac (barmbrack) which had items in it that were used for foretelling the future -- a pea (or rag) meant poverty, a bean meant wealth, a religious medal meant the finder may enter a convent or seminary, a ring meant marriage, and a stick meant that the person who received this in their slice of cake would be beaten by the marriage partner.
Maria superintended the distribution of the barmbrack and saw that every woman got her four slices.
The word 'barmbrack' comes from Irish words meaning 'speckled cake'.