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- n. An Irish yeasted bread with sultanas and raisins.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A currant-bun.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a rich currant cake or bun
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.
Also two green ware plates, on one of which she puts a barmbrack with a knife beside it.
ancestral town of Moneygall, Co Offaly (pop: 298) has come up with a celebratory barmbrack